Holiday first aid cover
With staff summer holidays approaching
have you made sure your workplace will still have adequate first
Absent first aiders
According to St John Ambulance
*79% of businesses have periods where there are no trained
first aiders present. This figure can increase during
the summer when a large proportion of staff, including nominated
workplace first aiders, take annual leave.
The law demands that all workplaces must comply with
Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981. Employers
are required to have adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities
and staff in place to enable first aid to be given at work.
Consequences of not complying
A trained first aider has often been the difference between a
life lost and a life saved so all types of workplace
environments need to ensure they are prepared. In some
cases if there is a fatality because the employer failed to ensure
proper health and safety procedures were in place, he or she could
be prosecuted under the Corporate Manslaughter Act.
...often employers can overlook the fact that it’s their first aiders who could be the most missed if a serious accident happens and they’re not there to deal with it.
Director of Training and Marketing, NHQ, London
Advice for employers
Richard Evens, Director of Training and Marketing said:
'Summer is the time when more staff go off on holiday than
usual and often employers can overlook the fact that it’s
their first aiders who could be the most missed if a serious
accident happens and they’re not there to deal with it. This can
especially be the case in small businesses with very few employees,
where there may be only one first aider.
'St John Ambulance advises that you carry out a risk
assessment based on your business needs, which covers
things such as first aider annual leave, the common injuries that
happen in your workplace and shift work. The Health and Safety
Executive require that once you’ve identified your first aid needs
you must maintain it, so it’s vital that businesses keep this in
mind and ensure the necessary arrangements are made.'
*2,800 businesses were surveyed by St John Ambulance in