How often do you check if your employees are up to date with their First Aid and health and safety training?
It would appear from a new report that while large businesses and organisations are quite good at complying with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), small businesses are lax.
Good first aid planning can sometimes be overlooked by small businesses, with so many daily tasks and to-dos taking up time. The Australian Red Cross estimates that three quarters or up to 75% of businesses and organisations don’t even know where their first aid kit is located.
However, there are a number of benefits that come with good first aid planning in the workplace, including:
- A fast and better first aid response when an accident or injury happens in the workplace.
- Reducing the impact of injuries makes employees less likely to spend time off work due to sickness or long-term disability.
- Promotes a positive work environment as it reassures the employees that management has their wellbeing in mind.
- Adheres to legal responsibilities or the Model Code of Practice of first aid in the workplace required by Safe Work Australia
All Australian businesses, big or small, are required to provide immediate assistance if an employee becomes injured or ill at work. It is also a requirement to have adequate first aid supplies readily available in case of an emergency.
According to OSHA Best Practices Guide, it does not matter if the business has two employees or 200,000 employees. You have to make first aid readily available.
In choosing a First Aid program for your workplace, it is important to identify all for elements below:
- Identifying and assessing workplace risks that could potentially injure workers and cause illness.
- Designing and implementing a First Aid program that aims to minimise the effects of accidents or exposures, complies with OSHA regulations, and makes an adequate amount of first-aid supplies and equipment readily available
- Instructing all workers/employees about the first-aid program, including First Aid training
- Evaluate the program periodically to keep it current and to make sure the First Aid training course is adequate.
First Aid Pro is one of Australia’s leading first aid training providers, offering First Aid, CPR, and other health and safety First aid courses for the workplace. We have many years of experience delivering first aid courses and train over 100,000 people from venues across Australia.
We offer in-house and off-house training specifically tailored to your business and industry.
First Aid Training will not only satisfy OSHA requirements, but it will also foster goodwill among employees who recognise the care that their company is willing to take to provide a safe and healthy environment for its most valuable asset: the employees.
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