Medical Needs Assessment
Previously first aid at work training was sufficient
Since 1st October 2013, the HSE-approved (Health and Safety Executive) 3 day ‘First Aid at Work’ training course was the accepted model for medical and first aid provision within an organisation. This standard was often applied in a generic fashion across each industry, irrespective of the nature of their operation.
One size – doesn’t fit all – Where first aid, medical provision and response is concerned
The ‘First Aid at Work’ provision offered the same level of care whether you were working in a low-risk office environment or employed as a port operative, operating heavy machinery in an extremely high-risk environment – adding to the risk for those in high-risk situations.
New expectations – What level of first aid and medical provision is suitable for your organisation?
Recently, however, the dissolution of these HSE standards has resulted in a new level of expectation placed with employers to ‘make a suitable provision for first aid, in proportion with the working environment.’
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Is your organisation’s first aid training and medical provision commensurate with the level of risk your employees are exposed to?
Organisations are now expected to provide a standard of care that is bespoke and adequate for the environment they operate in. In a standard office, with a normal spread of employees, CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation), defibrillator and minor wounds training may well be deemed sufficient.
Whereas for employees operating in business sectors such as heavy industry, the level of risk is far greater and therefore the opportunity for severe injury rises exponentially. Employers are expected to plan for crush injuries, major trauma and incidents that occur in remote or difficult to access areas. Indeed, with some 20,000 trauma injuries sustained nationally on an annual basis, resulting in nearly 6,000 deaths, the expectation on employers to place a greater level of importance on first aid training and medical provision, and to predict and plan for these incidents has never been more important.
Experts in risk assessment and medical response strategy
At HFR Solutions we have the skills and experience to undertake this vitally important piece of work on your behalf. Our first aid section lead will visit your site and take stock of current training and equipment standards before making a detailed analysis of your on-site risk profile. Using these key pieces of information, we can then prepare a full assessment of your site including recommendations for the proper provision of equipment and suitably trained responders that are tailored to your individual needs.
As well as the ethical responsibility placed on employers to make sure that staff are trained to an appropriate standard, it is essential that an organisation has a robust document that demonstrates the reasoning behind their first aid response strategy that is based on the very latest evidence and best practice.