Tags: First Aid

Louise Ryan: Limiting workplace risks amid changes to first aid

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has made some significant amendments to the way businesses maintain compliance with first aid legislation. Intended to ‘reduce the burden on businesses and put common sense back in to health and safety,’ the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 now state that HSE no longer needs to approve…

HSE changes should not encourage complacency about first aid, says British Red Cross

With the announcement from the Health and Safety Executive [HSE] that legislation surrounding first aid training for the workplace will change on 1st October 2013, employers will have more choices of training provider but also anincreased responsibility to ensure the standards and quality of training provider they choose, says the British Red Cross. Joe Mulligan, British Red…

Businesses not equipped to handle first aid emergencies

St John Ambulance has released findings which show that over one third of employees are concerned their workplaces don’t have enough first aiders. The first aid charity has found that many businesses simply aren’t equipped to handle a first aid emergency, with 50% of employers lacking any formal process for assessing first aid needs. Further…

Richard Evens: First Aid Awards

Last month was the inaugural St John Ambulance First Aid Awards, our first event to recognise businesses leading the way in protecting their staff and customers. The event, which was hosted by BBC newsreader Sophie Raworth, paid tribute to some of the extraordinary companies going the extra mile with first aid. The awards received the…

Richard Evens: Is it time you celebrate your achievements in first aid?

Is your workplace leading the way in first aid? First aid can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved but often those businesses that go the extra mile and train more than they are legally required don’t get the credit they deserve. Making sure your business has the correct first aid…

Teresa Budworth: Why safety inductions are so important

I came across a worrying new statistic the other day from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). According to the HSE, people are just as likely to have an accident within 6 months of starting at a new place of work as they are during the whole of the rest of their working lives. This…

Richard Evens: Employee want access to life saving equipment

Every year thousands of people die of cardiac arrest when first aid could give them the chance to live. Recent research by St John Ambulance has revealed that currently 72% of businesses don’t have access to an AED (Automated external defibrillator), which can shock the heart back into rhythm, and increase chances of survival up…

Richard Evens: A simplified guidance for administering first aid

Last October, the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation published the most comprehensive review of CPR practice literature to date. Following a period of review by medical experts, the recommendations are now due for implementation and will result in the revision of first aid information, such as the official manual and training protocols. A combination of…

Richard Evens: Make sure this Easter is a relaxed and safe time for your business

It won’t have escaped your notice that the Easter and Royal Wedding bank holidays are fast approaching, creating two four-day weekends and giving many workers the chance to enjoy a marathon 11 days off in a row. But during this busy time there’s an important aspect of your business that may be overlooked – whether…

Management in Practice has highlighted the fact that the government will be introducing “tough new laws” this month to counteract those companies in breach of health and safety. The website also noted that custodial sentences will be introduced for “a much broader range of transgressions” than exists currently. According to the website, the updated Health…

Businesses in the UK are unprepared for the implementation of the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Bills which are due to come into force on April 6th, it has been suggested. Under the new laws, companies will face action when a serious breach in health and safety management procedures mean that the duty of care…