OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY BENEFITS OF COMPLETING FIRST AID AT WORK TRAINING

There are numerous benefits in acquiring the First Aid at Work certificate, not just for the attendees, but also benefits that affect their family, friends, strangers and employers. Helen Lingard (*1) at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) conducted a 24-week experiment upon a small group of construction industry employees.
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This study demonstrated very positive effects after the employees attended First Aid training, as highlighted below:-

“The observations at participants’ worksites suggested that, for the most part, the first aid training had a positive effect on the occupational safety and health behavior of participants……..It appears that first aid training enhances participants’ motivation to avoid occupational injuries and illnesses and improves their risk control behavior.”

In fact, the positive results of this study even suggests that perhaps first aid training should be made available to all employees, not just for a few designated “first aiders”.

Furthermore, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) (*2) reports the following key statistics for Great Britain (2018/19), as below:-

1.4 million working people suffering from a work-related illness

111 workers killed at work (2019/20)

581,000 working people sustaining an injury at work, according to the Labour Force Survey

28.2 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury

£15 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill-health from current working conditions (2017/18)”

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These figures emphasise the importance of First Aid at Work training, since there are so many lives involved at work, but let’s not forget that RoSPA (*3) refers to the fact that most accidents occur at home. This is why the number of deaths as a result of home accidents are so high every year at approximately 6000! Therefore, we need to focus on the benefits of undertaking the First Aid at Work training course and gaining the skills to save lives can be cross-transferred to protecting your family at home. As an employer or as an employee, you may well ask, what are the advantages of completing the First Aid at Work course? In response, there are many benefits in completing first aid training, as mentioned by Emma Hammett (*4), but these are the main reasons why you should consider acquiring a first aid certificate, as follows:

 

  1. First Aid Saves Lives – Fact: A Red Cross Survey revealed that an astonishing 59% of deaths from injuries could have been avoided, if first aid had been delivered prior to the arrival of emergency services.
  2. First Aid Can Reduce the Recovery Time – First Aid can greatly influence not only a person’s chances of recovery, but also whether a person suffers a short-term or permanent disability. The reduction in a person’s recovery time, also can decrease the amount of time off work that the casualty takes.
  3. First Aid Can Prevent Serious Medical Situations from Deteriorating – This applies especially to someone who is suffering severe blood loss from a deep cut, which is when a First Aider can apply direct pressure to the wound and stabilise the casualty. Once again, in the situation where somebody has burned him/herself, a trained First Aider can give prompt and appropriate treatment, which reduces the damage, promotes healing, reduces pain and scarring.
  4. Proficient First Aid Can Reduce the Casualty’s Pain – When a trained First Aider demonstrates a calm approach to the casualty and is able to provide the necessary emotional support, the patient is less likely to panic and may suffer less pain, due to this approach. Also, the knowledge of what to do, how to move a casualty in pain, and how to apply the appropriate bandaging/dressings also helps in reducing the physical discomfort of the injured person.
  5. Critical Communication with the Emergency Services – A First Aider will always remain with the casualty until the emergency services arrive, which is when he/she will relay vital information about the accident or incident, and about the casualty’s condition. Undoubtedly, this greatly aids the patient’s treatment and recovery
  6. First Aid Training Increases One’s Awareness – The whole concept behind First Aid training is to teach us to become more aware of potential hazards and medical issues at work, at home and within our environment. First Aid training helps us to take better care of ourselves, our families, our work colleagues, and our communities, which of itself, creates more resilient communities.
  7. Empowerment Through First Aid Training – There is nothing worse than being at work, when you see a colleague bleeding profusely, and you panic, because you don’t know what to do. First Aid training provides you with the knowledge and skills you need to administer First Aid competently. You will have the confidence to help a casualty and you will feel empowered, thanks to the First Aid training.
  8. Be Prepared to Deal with Any Emergency – Regardless of where you find yourself, whether at work, at home, or out and about in public places, you will be prepared to deal with any First Aid scenario eg. heart attack, stroke, severe bleeding, breathing difficulties, burns, insect stings, convulsions. You will be the person, who doesn’t panic, but can be relied upon to help in any emergency situation.

 

At Staff Defence, we are delighted to offer any employers or individuals a fully-accredited (Highfield) First Aid at Work training course, in which you will receive the comprehensive training you need, enabling you to become a highly-competent First Aider. Please feel free to visit our website and to review the link below, where you are welcome to book a place on our First Aid at Work course:-

 

Link: https://staffdefence.co.uk/course/first-aid-at-work-highfields/

 

References:-

(*1). The Effect of First Aid Training on Australian Construction Workers Helen Lingard (RMIT) https://www.researchgate.com

(*2). Health & Safety Statistics Health & Safety Executive https://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics

(*3). Facts and Figures https://www.rospa.com

(*4). Why Learning First Aid at Work is a Beneficial Life Skill (Emma Hammett) https://www.governmentbusiness.co.uk