It is the responsibility of the employer to protect their employees with adequate first-aid procedures. Fortunately, improving first-aid in the workplace can be relatively straightforward by following a few steps. This could be the difference between life and death so it essential that you examine first-aid procedures on a regular basis (especially in hazardous industries).
Businesses in every industry have employees that face a variety of risks on a daily basis. Whether you work in a hazardous environment or not, there is always a risk of an employee injuring them or of becoming sick. It is for these reasons that it is vital that employers protect their workers with adequate first-aid procedures.
Here are a few tips for improving first-aid in the workplace:
Assess Your Workplace
The first step involves carefully assessing your workplace and operation to identify the threats that employees face on a daily basis. Ask your employees what threats they feel they face, as they may have names you might have skipped.
Now that you have a list of hazards that your employees face, you should collectively go down the list and see how you can either eliminate the threat or reduce the chance of it occurring.
Find out where the nearest hospital, clinic or other emergency response facility is to your work site. If there is none within 3 to 4 km range, it is vital that you have at least one employee trained in first-aid and CPR. Many employers find it advantageous to have several employees or their entire workforce trained. A timely response can be the difference between life and death.
In addition to having employees trained in first aid and CPR, it is essential that you prepare your workers for their role. It ensures that they will carry out work correctly and not put themselves at risk.
A fully stocked first aid kit should be easily accessible at all times, and all employees should know where it’s kept. You should assess this kit periodically and replenished immediately after use. Depending on your industry, you may also want eye wash stations, emergency oxygen, blankets and other first-aid supplies.
You should place a first aid sign anywhere where it is important to educate people on first-aid procedures. This could include where the first-aid kit is, where drinking water is available and where the emergency telephone is.
Many accidents occur due to an untidy workplace which can create trip hazards. Encourage your employees to tidy up after themselves and ensure that the cleaning staff thoroughly tidies the entire area each night.
Every business has hazards (although some more than others) and it is the employer’s responsibility to implement proper first-aid procedures. This involves a careful assessment of the work operation, ensuring that adequate facilities are nearby and that employees know how to react in these scenarios.