Anyone can have an accident or become ill at work. It’s vitally important there is always someone on hand to provide the right level of first aid for the situation.
The principles of first aid, as set out by the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations (FAR), are to:
- Preserve life;
- Prevent the condition from getting worse/minimise its consequences until medical help arrives (if needed);
- Promote recovery of the person requiring first aid;
- Provide treatment where medical attention is not required.
It’s essential that first aid is provided by someone with the right knowledge, skills and experience. Correct and timely action can stop minor injuries from becoming major, or untreated symptoms from becoming much worse, and may even prevent a fatality.