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St John's first aid warning.

SUMMER holidays are leaving many companies without vital first aiders, St John Ambulance has warned.

According to South and West Yorkshire St John Ambulance, 79% of businesses have periods where there are no trained first aiders present.

The law demands that all workplaces must comply with Health and Safety Regulations and a trained first aider has often been the difference between a life lost and one saved.

St John Ambulance training chief Graham Henry said: "More staff are on holiday in summer and employers can unwittingly overlook the fact that their first aiders could be absent when a serious accident happens. This can especially be the case in small businesses with few employees where there may be only one first aider.

"St John Ambulance advises that you carry out a risk assessment based on business needs which covers things such as first aider annual leave, the common injuries that happen in your workplace and shift work.

"The Health and Safety Executive require that once you've identified your first aid needs you must maintain it, so it's vital that businesses keep this in mind and ensure the necessary arrangements are made."
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jun 26, 2010
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