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Before your first aiders rush in to save the day, make sure they do this one vital thing...

by , 02 September 2014
Blood everywhere...

People screaming...

Mass hysteria building as you wait for emergency service sirens to break through the chaos...

It's easy to see why serious accidents in the workplace create pandemonium.

It's even easier to understand why your first aiders rush to step in to create a sense of calm and give much needed medical attention to who've been seriously affected.

But before they do, there's one thing they need to do. And it's something that could save their life...

Another casualty is something you definitely DON'T need when dealing with accidents in the workplace

Emergency service responders, by their very nature, are selfless people. 
They rush in to help whenever needed – often without a care for their own safety. 
But that's definitely NOT something your employees with first aid training should emulate. 
Because rushing in without giving their own safety a care could be just as bad as not reacting at all. 
Here's why…
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Keeping yourself protected must be the first priority of your first aiders!

When your first aiders react to a workplace accident – like a fire, electrocution or even a road side accident – they're often exposed to situations that carry an inherent risk of danger to them. 
We're talking about things like:
  • Environmental dangers from the surrounding the accident scene, such as falling masonry, broken glass, electrocution, vehicles or chemicals.
  • Human dangers. This includes danger from people at the scene (including the victim) which can be intentional or accidental. This also includes exposure to bodily fluids, such as blood, vomit, and urine and faeces.
And that's why you need to make awareness – and tips on how to spot risks that put them in danger – a key part of your first aiders' training. 

Protect your first aider from adding to your casualty list by telling them this

If you've ever attended first aid training, you'll know that the first thing they tell you is that: 'Anyone providing first aid when entering a situation should be aware of the potential for danger to themselves.'
So you speak to your first aiders and tell them that before they rush in to help, they need to STOP, LOOK and ASSESS the situation to see if they'll be in harm's way. Only once they're aware of the hazards, should they take steps to protect and help their fellow employees. And they should only do this if they can do so safely.
If they don't do this, you could be dealing with the repercussions of more than one tragic accident your workplace.

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