Don't put first aid second
Published: 17 June, 2009
SHIPLEY: Despite new health and safety legislation being introduced earlier this year, a large number of businesses and other organisations are still unaware that they are flouting laws and risking prosecution by failing to have basic first aid equipment in place.
The Health and Safety Offences Act came into force in January 09 and has given courts greater sentencing powers, as well as increasing penalties, for those that break health and safety law.
However, according to workplace equipment provider Slingsby, which sells more than 35 000 branded and non-branded products through its catalogue and website, many organisations are still unsure of their basic legal obligations.
Lee Wright, marketing director of Slingsby, explains: "Since the new legislation was introduced at the start of the year, we are regularly receiving enquiries from businesses and other organisations wanting advice and information about first aid equipment and how to meet the new legal requirements."
"The minimum requirement for any workplace is a suitably stocked first aid box and an appointed person to implement and take charge of a first aid procedure. All employees should be aware of the first aid arrangements and usually notices explaining where the first aid box is kept and who the relevant people are should be displayed."
Finally Mr Wright adds: "Employers also have a responsibility to provide appropriate equipment, facilities and training depending on individual risks, as part of the The Health and Safety (first aid) Regulations 1981. This could include training for first aiders that is relevant to a particular hazard or providing different types of equipment for specific areas depending on individual risks."
The following equipment will help to ensure that workplaces offer the minimum first aid provision and that if an accident should occur, they have the correct equipment in place to deal with it.