Every workplace harbours potential risks and this is why UK employers take steps to reduce the risk of accidents at work. As an employer, you must have arrangements in place to ensure that relevant first aid treatment can be provided for injured employees.
First aid in the workplace
First aid is urgent medical treatment, which is administered when somebody falls ill suddenly or sustains an injury as a result of an accident.
All employers in the UK should ensure that they have the relevant first aid measures in place to guarantee that injured employees receive immediate attention.
You should have a first aid kit in your workplace. This should include:
- Dressings and bandages
- Safety pins
- Sticky tape
- Eye dressings
- Antiseptic cream
- Spray for insect bites and stings
Every workplace should have a designated first aider. First aiders should have training provided by an approved trainer, such as St Johns Ambulance. The first aider should be contacted if there is an accident at work.
It is a good idea for employees to notify the nominated first aider is of any allergies and underlying health conditions. If you take medication for severe allergies or conditions such as asthma, make sure the first aider is aware of where you keep it and how it is used. If you do experience symptoms of an asthma attack, for example, it’s important to ensure that somebody else can access your medication as quickly as possible.
What should I do if I have an accident at work?
If you sustain work-related injuries, or you are involved in a work accident, it’s important to seek medical advice and get your injuries checked over by a professional. Once you’ve done this, you should report the accident to your employer. All UK employers are required to keep a record of incidents.
If you’ve been injured at work and you weren’t at fault for your injuries, you have the option of claiming work accident compensation. This form of compensation is awarded when employees sustain injuries as a result of their employer’s negligence. Examples of accidents which may result in a successful personal injury claim include slipping on a wet floor which wasn’t marked with warning signs.
If you would like to pursue a no-win, no-fee* compensation claim, Accident Advice Helpline can help. Call now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice