First aid needs assessment examples
Below we provide six First Aid needs assessment examples. These examples may assist employers and organisations in identifying relevant workplace first aid training, in meeting the Health & Safety Act 1974 (First Aid Regulations 1981).
An engineering company with 150 employees carried out a first aid needs assessment. They have rotating day and late shifts Monday to Friday( 6am to 2pm & 2pm to 10pm), with some Saturday working at busy times. Each shift has 60 employees working on the factory floor. Additionally the business has 26 office based staff, working Monday to Fridays 8.30 am to and eight security staff working 24 hour rotas. Because they are a larger employer with more than 50 staff on site they require the full FAW (18 hour) training for their first aiders (irrelevant of what risks are present). There is also a need for the sites Security Staff to hold a FAW certificate as part of their licence to practice.
Taking account of the number of employees on each shift, the company need a minimum of two first aiders on duty at all times (one for every 50 people or part thereof). To ensure that this level of cover is maintained during foreseeable absences, which in this case includes annual leave, changing shifts to attend meetings and regular staff training, the company decided to train an extra three first aiders on each shift (total 5 first aiders per shift), plus four members from the office based team and all the security staff. Making a total of 13 trained FAW certificate holders.
An accountancy company have 25 employees in an office. Manual work is limited to employees lifting small boxes. The hours of work are 9am to 5pm. Having considered the possible illness and injuries that could occur, the company decided to provide Emergency First Aid at Work (6 hour) training for their first aiders. To ensure that cover was provided at all times the company trained six emergency first aiders to allow for absences, such as sickness and off-site meetings. The holiday rota system was also adjusted so that only one first aider could book annual leave at a time.
A large family run retail store identified different areas of risk in different areas of their workplace. The company identified that the office area only required Emergency First Aid at Work, first aiders, but on reviewing their sites accident / incident records they identified that slips and trips had occurred in the store and a customer suffered chest pains last year, requiring an emergency ambulance to be called. The company felt that they assumed a duty of care when customers were shopping on their premises so they decided to provide the FAW (18 hour) training for their first aiders. This ensured that the first aiders were trained to deal with all possible injuries and illness that may occur in store and also provided adequate cover for the office. As the retail store is open from from Monday to Saturday from 7.30 am to 10pm and Sundays 10am to 4pm and a number of staff are on site for 2 hours either-side of these public hours, the company decided to train 10 first aiders including weekend staff to cover all shifts and foreseeable absences such as holiday cover.
An electrical contracting company have a team of 20 electricians who work mainly on building sites, but sometimes they work for domestic clients in their home. The electricians work in pairs. When the electricians work on building sites, the main building contractor always assumes responsibility for first aid provision (this is documented in writing). There is no first aider provided when the electricians work for domestic clients.
The company decided that due to the risk of electrical shock, electrical burns, slips, trips and manual handling injuries they would provide the full First Aid at Work training for all staff. This ensured that they could send any electrician to any job without pre-arranging that first aid cover would be provided by the customer. The company provided a first aid kit in each company van and all the staff had access to a mobile phone which ensured that they would be able to call emergency services wherever they were working. The company also appointed a ”Appointed Person” to oversee these first aid arrangements reporting directly back to the Managing Directory as part of their duties.
A call centre employs 450 staff contained within a four storey office building. The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) advice recommends One First Aid at Work Certificate holder per 100 employees (or part thereof), which required at least five first aiders on duty at all times. The company decided to train 12 staff, which ensured that cover was available for foreseeable absences and the first aiders would be distributed evenly throughout the building should an incident occur.
The same call centre staff started to work from home during the 2020 Covid Pandemic, as recommended by the Government to employers. The organisation decided to provide Emergency First Aid at Work training for all staff. Employers duties still remain for those working from home. The organisation provided 3 hours of online Emergency First Aid at Work training, followed by recalling cohorts in to complete the HSE recommended three hours of face to face learning & assessment. All training was provided in a Covid secure manner by ourselves.
A small office based company of 15 staff have an excellent health and safety record and found that the risk of injury to staff is minimal. When considering the likelihood of illness that could occur however, the company identified that a member of staff suffered from a declared heart conditions (High blood pressure & Angina). The company decided to provide FAW (18 hour) training for the first aiders to ensure that they were able to deal with the sudden illness that could occur. Alongside this training the company decided to upgrade their first aid equipment to include an Automated External Defibrillator as part of their first aid equipment. This alongside providing the HSE recommended three hour annual first aider refresher training.
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