From this month, the government has removed the necessity for workplace training to be provided by the HSE (the Health and Safety Executive). Although this gives employers the freedom to choose their own health and safety training providers, it means they must be careful to ensure that whatever provider they choose does indeed provide adequate provision. Even if you are not the designated first-aider in your workplace, it’s always very helpful to know about the basics of first aid for the office.
What first aid is necessary in the office environment?
Plenty of accidents can happen in even the smallest and most basic of offices. From heavy boxes falling on top of people to people tripping over wires and cables, electrocuting themselves, and burning themselves while cooking, there are plenty of ways people can manage to hurt themselves in very dangerous ways.
Basic training in every first aid area is therefore necessary – and that includes poisoning. Although there are probably not many poisonous spiders in your office, it’s still possible for anyone to accidentally pour the wrong substance into their coffee.
You will, therefore, need training in the areas of CPR, stopping severe and minor bleeding, burns, electrocution, poisoning, what to do if you suspect someone has broken a limb, what to do if you suspect a heart-attack or stroke, and what to do if someone is suffering from a diabetic seizure or asthma attack.
While some of these situations can only be adequately dealt with by a paramedic, the small things you can do to help can make all the difference. Giving two aspirin to someone who you suspect is having a heart attack, for example, could save their life.
Accidents at work
Despite all our employers do to make our work environments safe, accidents are always possible. Boxes, cabinets, and cables are always being moved around, creating hazards.
Spillages can happen, creating slippery areas, and carpets can come up, creating tripping hazards. Our employers do have a responsibility to keep us safe, however, and if you have been injured at work and it wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation.
Call the professional advisers at Accident Advice Helpline to find out how much you could be entitled to. We are open 24 hours a day, and you’re under no obligation to make a claim if you call.
Remember: you shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s negligence, even if it was just an accident. That’s what the legal provision of personal injury compensation is here for.
Date Published: November 17, 2013
Author: David Brown