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Your first aider's responsibilities aren't just about sticking on a band aid for a paper cut!

by , 23 April 2013
If your company employs five or more employees, appoint a first aider and make sure they understand what their duties are and how to perform them!

Be sure to appoint a person that's competent, and that they get the necessary first aid training. Do this or you could face more than just a wrap over the knuckles from the DoL.

It's not all about paper cuts!

Your first aider's responsibility doesn't just include being responsible for the first aid box or simply putting a band aid on a cut.

They also have other responsibilities. One of them means knowing what to do in an emergency.


Do you employ five or more employees?

Do you have a first aider?

Does he know what his responsibilities are?

If your company employs five or more employees, it must meet the minimum first aid requirements.


6 steps your first aider must follow in an emergency

Your first aider must understand that there could be an emergency at any time and they must be prepared.

Here are six steps your first aiders must take when faced with an emergency:

  1. When the emergency evacuation alarm is activated, the first aider/s on duty must collect the first aid kit and move to their designated assembly point.
  2. The first aider must treat the injured and try to ensure the area remains untouched so that any evidence is undisturbed for investigation later.
  3. The first aider must record the names and employee numbers of all injured persons. This information must be given to the Occupational Health Practitioner or the responsible Human Resources person.
  4. If the patient is unconscious or if there's a possibility of the patient losing consciousness, they have to ensure a card with the person's name and employee number is attached to the person's clothing for easy identification. Don't leave any such person unattended.
  5. Hand over the patient to the Emergency Services on arrival and give the necessary information to the Senior Paramedic regarding possible serious injury.
  6. When the emergency is over the first aiders must return their first aid kits to the designated location.

But this isn't all. There's so much more to a first aider's responsibility in an emergency situation. The only way to ensure they know what to do in an emergency is to train them. Do this by using Chapter F02, First Aider Responsibility in your Health and Safety Training Manual.

You'll also be able to train your employees on the following:

•    Emergency drills
•    First aider responsibility (normal conditions)
•    Legal requirements
•    First aid kits

Don't have the Health and Safety Training Manual? Then click here for ready-to-use health and safety training modules.


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