Taking the pain out of first aid training
Employers who fail to provide
adequate first aid cover in the workplace could face prosecution in
the event of a serious injury or fatality.
Now St John Ambulance is encouraging
businesses and other organisations in the region
to make use of its in-company first aid training
courses to ensure they meet their legal obligations.
By law, most organisations must provide first
aid cover. But research from the leading first aid charity,
St John Ambulance, shows that 79% of businesses in the south
east have periods when there are no first aiders on the
Training which is tailored to your needs
The cost-effective and convenient in-company
courses take place on the client’s premises which cuts travels
costs, saves staff time and allows employees to learn in a familiar
More than 24,200 people in the south
east received St John Ambulance in-company training last
Ralph Brown, regional
training manager for St John Ambulance in the south east, said:
‘Many organisations don’t get round to providing first aid
training for their staff because it just seems too
difficult and costly to organise days away from the workplace.
‘Our in-company courses are
extremely flexible and can be tailored to
meet an organisation’s particular needs at times to suit
the client, including evenings and weekends.’
St John Ambulance is the nation’s
leading supplier of first aid and health and safety
training and offers a range of commercial
courses - from emergency first aid in the
workplace to training in the use of a
defibrillator for heart attack victims, most of which can
be delivered in the workplace as well as in a training centre.
The charity’s highly qualified team of
professional trainers works with a wide range of
organisations from schools and universities to local
authorities and large high risk industries.
Ralph added: ‘Employers have a legal
responsibility to provide first aid training but more
importantly we’re talking about giving staff vital
skills which could mean they’re the difference
between a life lost and a life saved when faced with an
emergency in the workplace.
‘Many companies choose to use
our services because we’re a charity
and all our all profits, after we’ve covered our
costs, are ploughed into supporting local communities with
first aid training, first aid cover at public events and
other important activities.’
Companies only need to have eight or
more people in need of training to request that St John Ambulance
comes to them. Those with fewer people can visit one of
the organisation’s 57 training centres around the region.
For details of the courses on offer and to
book training call 0844 324 5535.