First Aid Risk Assessments for Businesses
According to St John Research, nearly 90% of businesses are not First Aid ready or up to task in case of first aid emergencies. This calls for more business owners to put efforts in enforcing first aid training for providing safety and emergency efforts to avoid putting their workers and customers in danger. Most of the small or low risk businesses do not enforce national code of ethics when it comes to First Aid Risk Assessments, and they risk heavy penalties for defying the specified guideline for Environmental Health and Safety (EHS). Hence, the need to educate businesses of First Aid Risk Assessments drills to be safe in their day to day operations. It’s apparent that many workers do not know what to do in case of an emergency. For big businesses, there are medical departments that take care of such emergencies but small enterprises will often be caught unaware. Employees need to be equipped with first aid information since it’s priceless, and you may never know when you need it, and you could save a life in the process.
Businesses that are not fully compliant of first aid risk assessment requirements, St John Ambulance has developed five steps to enable businesses appreciate the need of being first aid ready. This will help in First Aid Risk Assessments and its mitigations as a prevention tool. The acronym READY is what describes the risk assessment method that should be used by every business venture.
Ready: The work place should be able to answer questions concerning First Aid Risk Assessments to establish its readiness in times of an accident. The questions are;
- When was the last first aid risk assessment conducted?
- Is the workplace being evaluated a high risk or low risk in terms of accident occurrence?
- Is the workplace near to emergency services or in a remote area?
Enough: The business should be able to establish if there are Enough Trained First Aiders.
- How do you cover, when your First Aiders are not available at a given time?
- Do all the First Aiders have quality and up to date training of the last one year?
- Are the first Aiders known to everyone in the workplace?
Accessible: First Aid Equipment should be accessible and visible at all times.
- Are First Aid Kits and Signage visible at the workplace?
- Are your First Aid Equipment checked regularly so that they are ready in case of a First Aid emergency?
- First Aid Room needed in your workplace?
Drills: Drills and First Aid Procedures should be conducted regularly.
- Are First Aid Drills conducted at your workplace?
- Is there any assistance required to access First Aid Drills and Procedures?
- Are First Aid Procedures in your workplace visible and accessible?
You: You and your unique business activities should address this.
- When would your require additional First Aid?
- Are there activities that increase First Aid risk to employees and customers?
- Are there mechanisms to cover for First Aid beyond business hours?
With these questions answered, your business would have adhered to all the essential requirements of First Aid Risk Assessments.