CUREfast - Implementing a First Aid Culture/Program
There are a number of resources available with help and information related to developing a safety culture and safety program at your workplace. The best place to look is Department Of Labour or guide relating to Occupational Health & Safety. The following topics are good area's to start when forming a safety committee or First Aid program.
>Establish an OSH Safety Committee. It is always a good idea to form some type of safety committee at your workplace. Typically a safety committee will usually consist of employees that may be trained in First Aid or are willing to undertake some type of First Aid training in the future .These employees should know the business and its premises well. A safety committee will regularly meet and discuss safety and First Aid issues in the workplace. Minutes of the meetings should be kept and any action items should be addressed from the previous meeting. It is part of the safety committee’s job to discuss potential hazards and "talk up" safety around the workplace, which will help spread a safety conscious culture. The safety committee also acts as a touch point between management and its employees regarding safety.
>Identify Potential Hazards. Decide around the workplace what the potential hazards are and who may be in danger in the workplace. Does the business present unique hazardous situations based on the products they sell or the services they offer? Identifying the risks and brainstorming the issues with your safety committee put your workplace in good shape to deal with an emergency and may even prevent certain accidents from ever occurring.
>Eliminate Risk - Provide Training/Equipment (First Aid) From identifying the hazards in the previous step you are now informed to take action in attempt to eliminate the risk. This could be anything from rearranging the workplace, conducting safety or first aid training, or the purchase of equipment (first aid kits for example).
Identifying the hazards or the potential hazards, then eliminating the risk, should be the process for every health and safety issue that requires attention. In addition to these steps there are additional processes that all successful safety committees have in common. Some of these processes are listed below;
Keep Accident Records. Documentation of any accidents or near misses may help identify problem areas in the workplace. It also provides a record of when/who/ where and how an injury has occurred.
Provide Safety Inductions For New Employees. Businesses will often conduct a safety induction for new employees. This is a great way to introduce new employees to the dangers that may be present in their new position, where First Aid kits are located, who are the first aiders. A workplace or business is never too small for an accident to occur.
Provide Training & First Aid Equipment. Depending on your size of business, you may be actually required by law to provide this training to at least a certain number of individuals. The cost of training and lack of First Aid equipment is miniscule in comparison to an emergency that results in serious injury or the loss of life.
DISCLAIMER: To reiterate, the above points are a summary of some of the issues a safety committee needs to think about. These issues need to be combined with other safety areas such as emergency evacuation procedures and fire warden training to create a complete program. First Aid should definitely be a big part of any safety program.
All the information or advice on this page aims to be as accurate as we can reasonably make it. However, the information and advice is general and not necessarily applicable to your specific business or workplace. If a topic relates to your business or workplace, you should make sure you do your own research on how applicable and relevant the information or advice is to your particular situation.
CUREfast - Choosing a Suitable First Aid Kit
Choosing the right First Aid kit for your workplace may not be as straight forward as one would think. Due to the various acts and guidelines, nailing down the exact requirement can be a difficult task.
When selecting a First Aid Kit the most important elements to consider are;
>Size of the workplace. Eg. Number of Employees. This is an obvious but important issue. The more people that you employ, the more First Aid equipment should be available and on hand for an emergency.
>Type of business. Naturally depending on the business, this can also govern what First Aid Kit is needed. An office area for example presents far less hazards then a construction or a mining site. With this in mind you can make a decision what kit to buy and how many are needed. The other aspect of the business that should be considered is, should the kit be fixed (wall mounted), portable, soft bag, etc. To use our office example again, a wall mounted kit is usually a good idea as it keeps the kit central and easy to find. However on a construction site, a wall mounted kit may be not be possible or simply impractical.
>Dangerous Chemicals/Products. If your workplace sells or uses dangerous chemicals/products, specialized First Aid equipment may be necessary. Some chemicals present respiratory hazards for example and it may pay to have extra CPR related equipment on hand. In these cases it is best to read the products Material Safety Data Sheets.
CUREfast has designed industry specific First Aid Kits of various sizes. The Metal 1, 2 and 3 are industry standard kits and suitable most industry.
For industry specific First Aid kits or First Aid kits requiring specialized medical devices please contact us on 0800 325487
The table below provides you with some general guide lines to use when selecting a CUREfast First Aid Kit for your business.
DISCLAIMER: All the information or advice on this page aims to be as accurate as we can reasonably make it. However, the information and advice is general and not necessarily applicable to your specific business or workplace. If a topic relates to your business or workplace
Department Of Labour
First Aid equipment, facilities & training.