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Why the right first aid course is critical to your organisation

When it comes to the essential measures that need to be taken in order to prepare an organisation for the worst, few steps are as important as first aid training. The reasons for this are largely obvious, encompassing everything from employee safety to the ability to assist customers in distress. 

Here at Barringtons, we provide training for an enormous variety of organisations to ensure staff not only understand the importance of first aid, but possess the essential skills necessary to administer help in a potentially dangerous situation.

It's important not to grow complacent and assume a workplace is safe enough to not require specialist training.

Why first aid training is important

While some organisations – such as construction or manufacturing companies – may have more pressing first aid needs than others, it's important not to grow complacent and assume a workplace is safe enough to not require specialist training. After all, we spend almost a third of our life at work, and that means a huge percentage of accidents are going to happen here.

In many cases, the actions taken during the immediate aftermath of an accident can seriously affect the ultimate outcome, regardless of whether that's understanding how to communicate with ambulance staff or knowing how to perform CPR. Of course, if your workplace has higher health and safety risks, such as on a construction site, then it's even more critical to provide enough first aid support to keep employees safe.

Construction companies should be particularly aware of first aid training. First aid training is key in high-risk workplaces such as construction sites.

In addition to providing a safety net in the event of a crisis, there are a few other benefits of first aid training that underline just how important these skills are to any organisation. The first of these is cost-effectiveness. This might sound a bit strange considering the fees associated with industry-specific training, as well as the time employees will need to take away from the office Even so, these costs pale in comparison to the financial repercussions of an accident where first aid isn't administered quickly enough, and can include fines, lost business and even litigation.

Finally, first aid training helps to empower your employees, giving them more confidence in their abilities to react properly in a crisis. This confidence can make all the difference when an employee or customer has an accident, reducing the chances of serious injury or even death.   

First aid expertise is not a luxury. It's a required form of security for many organisations. 

The benefits of first aid courses in Australia

While you might think that first aid training only covers skills such as performing CPR or operating the relevant equipment, there are plenty of other elements covered during these courses.

One of the major focus areas is having the ability to recognise an emergency situation as it's unfolding, and being able to minimise the hazards that led to the accident. Not only does this skill set protect other employees and prevent the crisis from spiralling out of control, it also ensures your business is able to react appropriately in the aftermath by understanding what went wrong and how that can be avoided in the future.

It's also vital to remember that first aid expertise is not a luxury. It's a required form of security for many organisations, and the right first aid training courses can help businesses stay on the right side of their legal obligations.These include:

  • Having one qualified 'first aider' in businesses of more than 25 people.
  • Providing employees with a first aid room in businesses of more than 200 people (or more than 100 people on a construction site).
  • Providing employees with adequate services for the immediate treatment of injuries and illnesses that arise in the workplace.
  • Providing adequate and fully stocked first aid kits for employees.

First aid training is the easiest way to ensure compliance with these regulations. Completion of Barringtons' course will provide graduates with a nationally recognised qualification, via: 

  • A statement of attainment for HLTAID003: Provide first aid and/or
  • A statement of attainment for HLTAID001: Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

In addition to a basic first aid course, businesses can increase the level of protection they provide to employees and consumers via additional training that matches up with any risks that may be part of their day-to-day operations.

Regardless of whether this is the responsible service of alcohol, food safety or armed robbery survival planning, Barringtons is able to assist, and you can get in touch with our team to find out more. 

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