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Your workplace health practitioner has 15 responsibilities in emergency

by , 01 October 2014
In your business, you may have an Occupational Health Practitioner as well as first aiders. The practitioner's someone in a superior position with more extensive health and medical training.

Your first aiders must report to him during an emergency.

Managing the first aiders during an emergency is one of his responsibilities.

But he also has 15 other responsibilities too...


These are your Occupational Health Practitioner's 15 emergency responsibilities

1. When the emergency evacuation alarm goes off, your Occupational Health Practitioner must collect all the first aid treatment equipment he requires and go to the Emergency Control Centre.
2. On arrival at the Emergency Control Centre, first aiders should announce themselves and give your practitioner their names for safety purposes.
3. If deployment to any other area is necessary, he must inform the Emergency Controller.
4. He should take first aiders with him only if necessary.
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5. If the Emergency Controller makes request for additional assistance, your Occupational Health Practitioner must assist.
6. He must give the necessary treatment to the injured and ensure first aiders leave the area so evidence is undisturbed when the investigation takes place.
7. Ensure the practitioner records all the names and employee numbers of all injured persons.
8. If the patient is unconscious, he must attach a card with the person's name and employee number to his clothes.
9. He must move the injured person to the nearest Emergency Service areas as listed. Areas like an:
Assembly point where an ambulance has easy access.
Assembly point where there's enough room for an ambulance.
10. He must liaise with the Emergency Services through the Responsible Person at that assembly point who is in contact with the Emergency Controller.
11. He must keep the treatment record books up-to-date.
12. He must hand over the patient to the Emergency Services when they arrive and give the necessary information to the Senior Paramedic regarding possible serious injury.
13. After handing the patient over to the Emergency Services, he must return to the Emergency Control Centre.
14. He must give details of all casualties to your Emergency Controller and Human Resources Manager.
15. He must wait for further instruction or demobilisation. 
His responsibilities are similar to the first aiders during an emergency, but at he's still superior to them, he must manage them and the situation during an emergency.

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