The UK needs a lot of first aiders. By law every organisation has to have someone responsible for first aid in the workplace; an ‘appointed person’ in the words of the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981. So what needs to happen If you are that person?
Appointed person or qualified first aider?
The starting point is to decide what kind of first aid person you need to be: a qualified first aider, or just the person in charge of the first aid box. That decision depends on the findings of a ‘needs assessment’, which takes into account many factors. The size of the organisation, the number of sites and the nature and risk levels of the work for example. Construction sites and factories full of machinery need more first aid provision than a small office for example.
What’s the difference between an ‘appointed person’ and a qualified first aider?
- An appointed person is someone who is nominated to take charge of first aid arrangements, such as looking after the first aid kit and calling an ambulance in an emergency
- A first aider is someone who is qualified to give first aid treatment in the event of an injury or illness.
If the needs assessment has determined that qualified first aiders are required, the next question is… how do you become one?
Step one is to find an appropriate course. That’s where a leading provider of health and safety training such as Phoenix is invaluable. Phoenix offers one, two and three-day first aid at work courses, each leading to a certificate.
Single day courses are for people becoming a first aider for the first time. Two-day courses are aimed mainly at people who need to renew their first aid at work qualification; necessary because first aid at work certificates are only valid for three years. The three day course is for anyone who wants a comprehensive grounding in first aid.
The advantage of working with Phoenix is that, not only will you be able to work towards the necessary certificate, you’ll also benefit from skilled and experienced tuition. This is vital because being a first aider puts you in a very responsible position. You need to have the know-how, confidence and resources to deal with a variety of medical situations, including emergencies.
Furthermore, taking a course and becoming a qualified first aider can be a considerable benefit for your career and for your employer. That’s another reason why the quality of the first aid course can make quite a difference.
For full details visit our first aid at work courses page.