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First Aid advice.

Byline: Mark Dalton

NEW changes to the first aid training regime were introduced from October 1, 2009.

Also at this time, new guidance was produced to assist employers decide on the numbers and qualifications for first aid trained staff appropriate to their workplace.

This new guidance, entitled First Aid at work - Your Questions Answered - recommends that employees consider a number of issues when determining first aid staffing levels.

The issues cover:. Workplace hazards. The number of employees on site and any staff with disabilities or specific health problems .The history of accidents and illnesses. Working arrangements - travelling workers, lone workers, shift patterns. Remoteness from the emergency services. Cover for holiday and sickness absences. Members of the public on site These issues may lead to a requirement for additional numbers above those suggested numbers of first aid personnel to suit particular circumstances.

In places such as offices and shops, where there is a low safety hazard and fewer than 25 people are employed, the guidance recommends providing at least one appointed person.

Where there are 25 to 50 employees, it recommends at least one first aider trained in Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW).

Where there are more than 50 staff, the guidance suggests at least one first aider trained in First Aid at Work (FAW) for every 100 people employed or part thereof.

In the case of higher hazards - such as light engineering, warehousing, work with dangerous machinery and construction, the guidance calls for at least one appointed person where there are fewer than five employees.

Where there are five to 50 employees, it suggests at least one first aider trained in EFAW or FAW depending on the type of injuries that may occur.

In companies with more than 50 employees, it suggests at least one first aider trained in FAW for at least every 50 people employed or part thereof.

The guidance explains: "The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require you to provide adequate and appropriate first-aid equipment, facilities and people so your employees can be given immediate help if they are injured or taken ill at work."

As a minimum, firms should have a suitably stocked first-aid box, an appointed person to take charge of first-aid arrangements (see Q5) and information for employees about first-aid arrangements.

Mark Dalton is associate director at Wilby Ltd
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jan 12, 2010
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