In order to reduce the risk of serious work-related injuries, every business owner in the UK should comply with health and safety guidelines. One measure which may benefit injured workers is an office first aid officer.
When you head into the office each morning, the last thing you probably think about is accidents at work. Sadly, accidents do happen and they are relatively common in offices.
Who is responsible for choosing the office first aid officer?
Every employer should appoint an office first aid officer. You can ask people to volunteer or make the decision yourself. You may find that there are already qualified first aiders in the office who wish to put themselves forward to be an office first aid officer.
What qualifications do you need to be an office first aid officer?
In most office settings, it’s not a legal requirement for an employer to have trained first aiders on the premises. You can be an office first aid officer without any formal first aid training.
If you take up the position of office first aid officer, you will be expected to take care of the first aid kit and call the emergency services in the event of a colleague suffering a serious work accident.
Although it’s not necessary to have first aid training, this is a hugely beneficial skill to have. If you’re interested in first aid training, there are many courses available. First aid can sometimes make the difference between life and death. Training enables you to respond to a situation quickly and it may help to keep someone alive or stable until qualified medics arrive on the scene.
What is work accident compensation and who is eligible?
Work accident compensation is a financial payout which is awarded to people who have been injured at work as a result of somebody else’s negligence. The sum varies according to the individual case. You may be eligible for work injury compensation if the following statements apply to you:
- You’ve been injured at work in the last three years
- You have evidence to show that you were not to blame
- You reported the incident and sought medical attention
If you’d like to find out more about making a work illness claim, call Accident Advice Helpline today. Our lines are open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.