I am not sure how many rail staff on this train have completed a first aid at work training and in comparison I would say that our health and safety behaviour is excellent. That said there is always room for improvement and I had an interesting conversation last week with the manager of a private club that I belong to in London and I was quite taken aback by his attitude.
Me: “How many first aiders do you have here,” I asked mindful that the majority of the members were over 70 and some well into their eighties.
Manager: “Oh we don’t need any first aiders – we have a first aid kit and I am here all the time and I did a first aid course 15 years ago,” he replied abruptly
Me: “Did you know that you are actually supposed to refresh your training every 3 years,” I advised in a cheerful smiley member-kind-of-way trying very hard not to be irritated.
Manager: “Well you would say that – you have a first aid company,” he replied turning away.
Good customer relations apart I do realise that many people think that First Aid and Health and Safety regulations might sometimes seem a bit OTT but they are there for the safety of both the employer and the employee , not to mention Joe public!
Figures from the Health and Safety Executive show that from 2014-2105 142 workers were killed in the work place, there were 611,000 injuries at work and 27.3 million working days were lost due to work related illness and work place injury.
And I know first-hand just how important it is that companies have sufficient numbers of people trained as knowing what to do in an emergency can stop a minor incident becoming a major one and in the worst case scenario make the difference between life and death.
Last year at Safe and Sound we were called into a company in the City to run a first aid course. Unfortunately one of the employees had a heart attack at work and no one knew what to do. The staff had been traumatised by the event which is why they brought us in. Ironically when we got there, our trainer found that they did in fact have a defibrillator but it was hidden away in the basement!
Besides the safety aspect which of course is paramount, did you know that your insurance may not be valid if you do not have sufficient first aid cover?
If you are unsure of how many first aiders you need in your company click on on our first aid at work calculator:
Call us on 0208 445 8998 if you would like to attend one of our open courses or if you would like to arrange on site training.