Safety does not come about by accident and most accidents happen because they have not been prevented. Irrelevant of what kind of business you are, there is always a risk of accidents or harm to someone’s health. Hazards are around every workplace. To help reduce the amount of fatal injuries and deaths, it is vital to invest in first aid training for your company. First aid training Norfolk based company, Britannia offer first aid training alongside an extensive list of health and safety courses.
Despite all of the health and safety awareness and regulations that there are already in the UK, the amount of deaths and injuries in the workplace are still worryingly high. Here’s just a few health and safety statistics for 2011/12 from hse.gov:
- 1.1 million working people were suffering from a work-related illness
- 172 workers killed at work
- 111 000 other injuries to employees were reported under RIDDOR
- 212 000 over-3-day absence injuries occurred (LFS)
- 27 million working days were lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
- Workplace injuries and ill health (excluding cancer) cost society an estimated £13.4 billion in 2010/11
It is important that these statistics in the UK continues to decrease dramatically, and this can be done by your company simply paying attention to health and safety investing in first aid training.
Having your staff participate in first aid training courses additionally benefits you as an employer. Firstly it promotes your business as a safe work environment, which can improve reputation as well as staff morale, as it lets your employees know that you care about their wellbeing and safety. Your staff will also feel safer in their working environment if they know how to respond in hazardous situations which will ultimately reduce the number of accidents. It will also reduce the risk of having to deal emotionally, knowing that one of your employees has been hurt whilst you have been working there. Furthermore, investing in first aid training can also decrease the risk of the financial risks that are involved with result of a fatal injury or death in the work place.
Ideally, your employees will never need to use their first aid skills. However, if the situation does occur where they need to save another colleagues life, they will be able to perform their first aid skills and may mean they save a life, or stop employees from being absent for long periods of time.