First aid courses cover a range of life-saving content that can be applied to many types of workplaces, from general office buildings to warehouses, factories, and construction sites. Below, we’ve outlined some of the areas that your First Aid at Work course is likely to cover:
Basic First Aid Techniques
Any first aid course will teach necessary basic skills to prepare you for becoming a first aider. The course teaches you how to dress wounds and burns, and stop bleeding. It will also outline how to deal with minor illnesses such as nose bleeds, dizziness, and muscular strains. The course should cover what to do when someone is choking, having difficulty breathing, and at what point emergency services should be called.
CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation)
Whilst most people have seen CPR performed in films or TV shows, the technique requires formal training in order to perform the procedure correctly. Your tutor will cover how regular chest compressions should be, how deep they should go, and how many to give between breaths. The first aid course will also cover when you should use CPR, as the technique can cause more harm than good if carried out when not necessary. When you attend an-in person course, you may also learn how to use a defibrillator (AED).
First Aid Kits
A first aid course won’t just cover advanced techniques, but it will also cover the basics, too. This includes first aid kits, which are a legal requirement for employers to have in every workplace. The course will teach you how to use the kit contents properly, and safely. Depending on which course you choose and your workplace requirements, you may learn how to use a trauma first aid kit, or other specialist or industry-specific medical equipment.
RIDDOR, also known as the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases, and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (2013), puts employers and Appointed Persons in charge of accurately reporting workplace accidents and other potentially dangerous occurrences. Your course will cover exactly what types of accidents fall under RIDDOR, as well as how to accurately document, assess, and report an incident. Accurate reporting will help to keep employers accountable for health and safety procedures put in place.
The First Aid at Work course will teach you how to assess an accident, so you’ll gain a better understanding of at what point you should call emergency services to the scene. The course will also teach you how to manage the scene of an accident should it happen.
If you are an appointed person, you need to have the skills to delegate tasks in order to manage the injury effectively and without delay. This may look like you performing CPR, and having someone else call emergency services, whilst someone else clears the car park to make room for the ambulance.