In the event of a workplace emergency, would your staff know how to respond?
Natural disasters, fires, evacuations, workplace accidents – these things can and do happen, even in industries that are considered to be low risk.
It’s really important that employers ensure staff know how to respond in the event of an emergency or first aid incident. You can help your employees feel more prepared by providing regular workplace training in these areas.
By complying with national first aid code of practice, and ensuring you have qualified, trained first aiders on hand, you can significantly reduce the impact of incidents at your workplace. You’ll also be helping individual employees to develop the skills – and confidence – they need to make the right decisions in the event of a workplace emergency.
If you run a company or organisation, it’s important that your business is compliant with current workplace safety laws and regulations, to promote a safer workplace and ensure the safety and wellbeing of your employees.
In Australia, employers are responsible for providing their staff with a safe workplace, free from hazards and health risks. Part of this responsibility means having proper first aid procedures, facilities and equipment in place.
Employers are legally responsible for providing first aid equipment in the workplace, in locations that all staff can easily access, and close to areas that present higher risk of accident or injury. If you’re a large worksite or organisation, spread out across a number of floors or buildings, this means providing multiple first aid kits. If employees travel for work, kits must also be present in all company vehicles.
Your business must also make sure there’s an adequate number of trained first aid providers that employees can go to for assistance. These first aid officers must hold a current first aid certificate and have the skills and knowledge to handle the situation until further medical assistance arrives, if necessary.
Training must also be provided to employees to ensure they are familiar with your organisation’s emergency procedures, which can make a huge difference on the day if a crisis does emerge.
In the event of a fire, for example, the highest priority is always to get all occupants of the building out of harm’s way. Staff who have been trained in fire and evacuation procedures will know how to respond in an organised, methodical and efficient way, reducing risk to persons and property.
Training modules should be repeated on a regular basis to make sure individuals can refresh their knowledge and skills from time to time. While it’s important for all staff to attend first aid training, your designated first aiders will require more intensive additional training to be qualified to respond to incidents in the workplace.
So what’s the best way to deliver first aid and emergency training to staff across your organisation?
Through the use of workshops, online courses and eLearning training modules, you can make sure employees are properly engaged in workplace safety, while reducing the risk of accidents, injuries and hazards for your organisation.
If you’re an employer ready to invest in workplace training, Go1 can make this process a whole lot easier for you and your staff.
You can make your training process quick and easy by enrolling your teams in accredited first aid and emergency training courses through the Go1 platform.
By investing in high-quality training for your staff, you’ll be making the safety of your workplace a top priority and showing your commitment to the safety and wellbeing of your employees. You’ll also have peace of mind knowing that your business is compliant with Australian laws and regulations.