First Aid in the workplace – How important it is?Tweet
Face the facts
A study has revealed 87% of Australian businesses are failing first aid. St Johns Ambulance Australia released the shocking research at the beginning of 2013.
The research also revealed:
- 65% of Australian employers are unaware of Safe Work Australia’s new Code of Practice.
- Just 48% of Australian workplaces offer accredited first aid training courses to employees.
- Fewer than 50% of workplaces have appropriate first aid resources (e.g. signage and first aid kits).
- Only 24% of employees have partaken in a first aid procedure or training drill.
Safe Work Australia discovered workplace injuries were most common in part-time workers in both males and females during 2009-2010. They also revealed that during the same period, 638,400 workers reported a work-related injury.
Millions of employees are being put at risk daily due to the lack of first aid training and awareness in Australia. Employers and business owners need to take control and invest in first aid training for all employees. Without the proper training and tools in the workplace more lives are being put at risk.
Common workplace hazards include: Protrusions, flying particles, noise, radiation, dust, spills, falling objects, fire, high temperatures, low temperatures, electrical equipment and many more.
Fatalities do occur within most industries across Australia. In 2012, the most deaths occurred in the transport, postal & warehouse professions, according to another Safe Work Australia report. Between 1 January 2013 and 31 October 2013, 140 Australian workers were killed due to work related injuries.
The importance of First Aid Training
First aid training in the workplace is extremely important in any work environment. Injuries can happen anywhere at any time; the more prepared you and your co-workers are the better.
By ensuring workplace first aid training is implemented Australia wide we can potentially save lives. By simply having a fully stocked first aid kit (according to your industry), instruction posters and educated staff your workplace has already become a safer environment.
It is vital for employers and business owners to recognise the importance of first aid training in every industry to make all Australian workplaces as safe as possible.