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3 things to look for when choosing a first aid trainer

3 things to look for when choosing a first aid trainer Midlands Health and Safety Consultancy

Learning how to save someone’s life should be pretty high up your staff training agenda. You must make appropriate first-aid arrangements for your workplace and In doing so you should consider the circumstances of your workplace, workforce and the health and safety risks that may be present. But what 3 things should you look for when choosing a first aid training provider for your business? On top of that, how can you be absolutely sure they’re going to give the right standard of training and will be able to engage your team? Our latest article looks at the 3 key areas to scrutinise before engaging a trainer.

What does the course cover?

The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 require all employers, including the self-employed, to provide adequate and appropriate first aid equipment, facilities and trained people so employees can be given immediate first aid treatment if they are injured or taken ill at work. What is ‘adequate and appropriate’ will depend on the circumstances in your workplace and a First Aid Needs Assessment should be undertaken. The course should covert the use of an AED and giving CPR.

Experience

Instead of choosing any random training provider, consider the experience and qualification of their instructors. Look for one where trainers have completed their training in First Aid in a variety of environments. They should be highly qualified to deliver accredited qualifications regulated by recognised bodies and they should be flexible about the time duration of the courses offered so that learners can treat the training as an attractive option.

On-going support

Ask what support is available once the course is over and identify how long the certificates of course completion are valid and what refresher courses they offer. It’s not just in the workplace where good first aid training is paramount – employees will have those skills for life, especially if you maintain ongoing refresher courses. This means they can treat themselves, their family and friends and the public effectively in an emergency.

Providing for First Aid needs is for every company in the UK by Law. Depending on the size of company and the nature of your work, your needs will change and as an employee is it your duty to ensure that you have everything in place, should an accident occur. For further information on any first aid training requirements please contact us on – info@midlandshsc.co.uk

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