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What is a Risk Assessment of First Aid Needs?
Employers have a legal duty to make arrangements in ensuring their employees receive immediate attention, if they are injured or taken ill at work.
It doesn’t matter whether the injury or illness is caused by the work they do or not. What is important is that they receive immediate attention and that an ambulance is called in serious cases.
First Aid can save lives and prevent minor injuries becoming major ones.
Employers should make an assessment of their own First Aid needs which is appropriate to their workplace, which could vary significantly from one workplace to another.
First Aid provision must be ‘adequate and appropriate in the circumstances’, which means that sufficient First Aid equipment, facilities and personnel should be available at all times.
Employers will have to take into account a number of important factors, including the hazards, the number of employees, the nature of the work, the history of accidents and illnesses – to name just a few.
It is strongly recommended that many organisations such as schools, places of entertainment, fairgrounds and shops also include non-employees in their assessment.
The self-employed also have a duty in ensuring they have a First Aid provision in place, particularly if they work under the control of an employer, or if they work with other self-employed workers.
The L74 guidance is issued by the Health and Safety Executive or HSE.
This system prompts you to consider all of the factors as detailed in this guidance, ensuring that their assessment is accurate and more importantly, ensuring they meet their statutory obligations.
Business population estimates for the UK and Regions 2013 Summary
• There were an estimated 4.9 million private sector businesses in the UK at the start of 2013, an increase of 102,000 compared to the start of 2012.
• This continues the trend of steady growth in the UK business population since the series began in 2000, with the 2013 estimate being the highest.
• As in previous years, the latest rise has been driven by the growth in the numbers of smaller, non-employing businesses – there were 127,000 more of these than at the start of 2012.
• This growth was offset by the number of employing businesses falling by 26,000.
• The 4.9 million private sector businesses employed an estimated 24.3 million people, and had an estimated combined annual turnover of £3,300 billion.
• 99.9 per cent of private sector businesses are SMEs, employing an estimated 14.4 million people, 59.3 per cent of private sector employment. Their estimated combined annual turnover of £1,600 billion accounted for 48.1 per cent of private sector turnover.
• The majority (62.6 per cent) of private sector businesses were sole proprietorships, 28.5 per cent were companies and 8.9 per cent were ordinary partnerships.
• 75.3 per cent of private sector businesses do not employ anyone beside the business owners.
In order to produce a risk assessment of First Aid needs, consideration of workplace hazards and risks, the size of the organisation and other relevant factors need to be taken into account in order to determine what First Aid equipment, facilities and personnel should be provided. This programme will provide employers with detailed information about their considerations and relevant factors, enabling them to determine their needs.
The regulations do not place a legal duty on employers to make First Aid provisions for non-employees, such as the public or children in schools. However, the HSE strongly recommends that non-employees are included in an assessment of First Aid needs and that provision is made for them.
There is guidance from the HSE known as L74, which is a rather detailed document with many factors to take into account.
There is also some guidance offered by other providers which in essence mirrors the L74 guidance, but in all cases that we have seen, causes even more confusion for the employer.
The key personnel behind this innovative development have been involved in the First Aid industry since the early 1980’s and have recently played a major part in the development of the new Regulated First Aid qualifications, working very closely with the HSE, the Sector Skills Council for Health and the Sector Skills Council for Care and Development.
During this time, the considerable experience and knowledge that has been attained has been extremely beneficial in developing this product.
In respect of First Aid provision in the workplace, the emphasis is on the employer to ensure their workplace is a safe and healthy environment in which to work and in some cases, for the customers and visitors.
There are so many factors for the employer to consider in assessing their needs, that can be a daunting task and one of those jobs that will be addressed later, or when it’s too late!
Having a First Aid kit in place and someone trained in First Aid may not be sufficient for their needs. So what is sufficient and legal?
We consider the development of RAOFAN as being an all inclusive solution for employers to provide a detailed report for their requirement and fulfilment of First Aid needs.
There is nothing else that can compare in the marketplace.
Employers are guided through the whole process of assessing their First Aid needs with every factor taken into account with a very supportive system.
They also have the added bonus of recording information about their First Aiders, a reminder system for re-qualifying their First Aid trained personnel, an invitation to shop for kits and equipment.
As their business circumstances change, their assessment is always available for review so that it can be kept up to date.
A ‘Certificate of Compliance’ is issued at the end for all eligible businesses, as well as a detailed report specific to their workplace. This is renewable every 12 months.
Injury and ill-health statistics highlight workplace dangers. Key figures for Great Britain (2013/14) 29 October 2014
• 1.2 million working people suffering from a work-related illness
• 2535 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2012)
• 133 workers killed at work
• 78 000 other injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR
• 629 000 injuries at work from the Labour Force Survey
• 28.2 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
• £14.2 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions (2012/13)
Judith Hackitt, the chair of HSE, says that behind every number is the reality of a real person being killed or suffering injuries or ill health while simply doing their job.
Judith Hackitt said: “These latest figures remind us what health and safety is really about. We should remind ourselves what these numbers actually mean – the number of times in the last year someone went out to work and either did not return home to their loved ones or came home with life changing injuries.
“The health numbers also demonstrate the scale of harm being done to people’s health while at work, too often leading to premature death.
“Jobsworths using ‘elf n safety as a convenient excuse for all manner of things, and those claiming health and safety is a burden, need to reflect on this.
Britain has one of the best health and safety systems in the world, but that is cold comfort to those who have suffered loss or suffering that is so easily avoided with sensible and proportionate risk management.
“We all need to commit to focussing on what really matters – ensuring more people return home from work every day and enjoy long and healthy working lives.”
With over 79 percent of businesses admitting to first aid failings it is vital businesses check-up on their legal obligations. Failing to comply with these regulations is against the law.
Last year, there were over 1,000 cases of businesses being taken to court for first aid failings, resulting in fines for not having suitable first aiders present.
Employers need to consider a plethora of rules and regulations surrounding the workplace, along with the daily operations and business targets, and it’s easy to see how first aid can end up near the lower end of the priority list.
But this can come at a legal, financial and reputational cost.
Meaningful Change is an agent for this easy- to-follow mini-guide to first aid in the workplace to get employers thinking about their legal obligations.
• It educates and informs the employer as to their exact legal requirements in relation to First Aid at work
• The assessment if compliant and maintained, confirms to all you engage with that you are First Aid compliant
• It’s unique. There is nothing else on the market that can compare
• Tracks First Aider expiry dates with a reminder system
• Regular follow-up reminders and newsworthy bulletins
• Future developments including an online accident reporting system
• A printed certificate of compliance issued accordingly
• Comprehensive back-up and advisory service
• Supported with a nationally accredited qualification and book
• Application and reports accessible 24/7
• Adaptive design suitable for Mac’s, PC’s, tablets and laptops
• Easy to use with supporting videos at each stage of the assessment
• Very time and cost efficient
Our First Aid Instructors
• Explanation of legislation governing First Aid
• Business stats
• What is RAOFAN® ?
• Recently published accident statistics
• First Aid failings in Scotland
• The benefits of RAOFAN – The Employer