Why Employees Need to Take a First Aid Course


In Ireland, employers like you need to look after the health and safety of their workforce. For some businesses, this includes having an occupational first aider in their workplace.

The need to appoint a designated first aider in your company would largely depend on the result of your risk assessment. Some of the factors that are taken into consideration during the assessment are the number of employees, size and location of the workplace, nature of work undertaken and level of hazardous activities. 

However, even if your risk assessment shows that you are not legally obligated to have one, it is still prudent to have a qualified first aider in your company.

Why Is First Aid Training for Employees Important?

Accidents and illnesses know no place and time. They can strike anytime and anywhere, even in places of work where safety hazards are significantly low.

While workplace accidents and illnesses cannot be completely eliminated, they can be effectively managed by having good first aid response. In order to do this, your workplace should have a complete first aid kit and more importantly, trained first aiders. 

Having people who are proficient in administering first aid to injured and ill employees can prevent the injury or illness from worsening and even possibly save lives.

It is not enough though that you have assigned someone to handle first aid at your workplace. You have to ensure that your chosen people possess the knowledge and skills needed to perform their tasks properly and effectively. You must ensure that they get a first aid training.

An effective first aid course equips your employees with the knowledge and skill set needed to provide first aid and basic life support (BLS) in their workplace. 

It also gives them the confidence and ability to respond quickly to medical emergencies. It has been noted that proper and quick first aid response can reduce recovery time, prevent the condition from becoming severe and preserve lives.

First aid training can even reduce the number of injuries and accidents as employees become more safety conscious. This benefits not just the workers but also employers like you as injuries or accidents impact workforce output. 

Implications of Not Giving Employees First Aid Training

Deciding not to assign a first aider and provide the needed training puts your organisation in a precarious situation. 

If you are legally obligated to assign a first aid responder in your company, this means that you are breaking the law and opening up your organisation to possible penalties which can range from written advice to fines. 

In 2019, 68% of the HSA inspections and investigations resulted in formal enforcement action which included 21 prosecutions and 11 fines.

Failure to provide first aid to an injured or sick employee can also lead to expensive court cases. Furthermore, these legal complaints can tarnish your reputation, result in a decline in customer confidence and lower your revenue. 

Not providing first aid training can make your employees feel unsafe and affect their morale. Over time, the fear may cause your workers to be unhappy. This can significantly affect your bottom line as studies show that employees are more productive when they are happy. 

To close, providing first aid training is a major part of the process of looking after the health and safety of your employees. Having a team of workers who are well trained in administering first aid can provide relief to injured or sick employees and save their lives.

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