If you've only met the bare minimum of first aid requirements in your business, you're missing out on a valuable opportunity. There are numrous excellent reasons to send your staff on first aid training courses. Here are a few of our favourites:
To Meet Legal Requirements
Your business probably needs to have at least one appointed first aider, which could very well be yourself. But the number of first aiders required by a business varies from place to place and depends on a number of factors, including the total number of employees, the industry you work in, and any history of previous accidents. A risk assessment will help determine the legal requirements for your business.
Because a First Aid Kit is Only as Good as the Person Using It
Supplying a first aid kit is all well and good, but if an accident occurs and no-one's on site who knows how to use it, there's very little point in having it. Everyone knows how to put a plaster on, sure. But what about bandages, dressings and all the other equipment you can't just stick on? Some people lack even the basic knowledge that most first aid kits require, and your employees could be among them.
Your Employees Will be More Aware of Dangers
Training your employees in first aid means they'll be more aware of the dangers surrounding them and, more importantly, how to avoid them. Putting somebody in a position of responsibility by teaching them first aid is also a good way to encourage good, safe behaviour.
So There's More Likely to be Someone to Hand
Having more than one person to hand in the event of an accident to emergency is very useful, and a good way to put your mind at ease during the day-to-day running of your business. Furthermore, if you only have one first aider on site and they are the one who gets injured, who's going to look after them? Training more than one first aider in your business is just common sense: the more likely there is to be someone to hand, the better.
To Show Your Employees You Value Them
Sending your employees on a first aid training course not only equips them to deal with accidents and emergencies – it also shows them that you value them. For starters, having more qualified first aiders on site shows that you're interested in the wellbeing of your employees: you want them to be properly looked after. And secondly, by sending your employees on a first aid course, you show that you're willing to invest in them, and that you value their personal and professional growth. Good for morale all round.
To Save Lives
We didn't really need to say that, did we?
If you think investing in your employees and sending them for first aid training could benefit your business, you'd be right. We offer multiple first aid courses at a range of different levels, which could be just the ticket. Check out our options today to find out how we can help improve your business and keep your employees safer.