Top tips for managing first aid in the workplace

Wednesday, 26 June, 2024

Top tips for managing first aid in the workplace

When employees undergo first aid training, not only does it empower them to respond effectively during emergencies, but it also creates a safer work environment.

The best leaders send their workers home safe, and by preparing for a first aid emergency, organisations can give their team the required skills and knowledge. St John WA has the following tips for managing first aid in the workplace.

Create a first aid checklist

Here are a few starting points to consider in the workplace:

  • Does your workplace have a fully stocked first aid kit?
  • Are employees aware of the first aid kit location?
  • Are the items in the first aid kit within their expiry dates?
  • Have you or your staff received recent first aid training?
  • Does your workplace have a defibrillator?

If there are any gaps in a workplace’s basic first aid requirements, the good news is that there are simple steps to get back on track.

Install defibrillators

A defibrillator or automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that is designed to treat a cardiac arrest. Every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces a person’s chances of survival by up to 10%. An AED analyses a person’s heartbeat and detects cardiac arrest. If necessary, it can deliver a lifesaving shock to reset the heart and restore its normal rhythm.

Invest in first aid kits for the workplace

According to Safe Work Australia, there were 497,300 Australians who experienced a work-related injury or illness from 2021 to 2022. While first aid requirements may vary based on the industry, workplace size and location, it’s essential for employers to have at least a basic first aid kit readily available.

Consider first aid for mental health

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, two in five Australians aged 16 to 85 experience a mental disorder at some time in their life. This includes conditions such as anxiety disorders, depression and substance use disorders. The pandemic had a significant impact on the economy and the workforce, leading to job losses, financial strain and increased work-related stress.

Prioritising mental health is essential in the workplace, and by addressing mental health concerns, workplaces can promote employee wellbeing and productivity. For those in a leadership position, it is particularly important to understand how to offer support and recognise the early signs of mental distress within the team.

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