Why Employers Should Invest in First Aid Training

First Aid Training in the Workplace

At RAM Training we offer courses across a huge range of industries and professions. One of our courses stands out from the rest for its application in all walks of life and its importance in every modern workplace. First aid training should be a compulsory requirement for every workplace. We offer the latest first aid courses that will equip workers with potentially lifesaving knowledge. So why exactly should employers invest in first aid training for staff? First aid training deals with not only treating injuries, and acting calmly in stressful environments, but teaches employees to avoid dangerous situations that could cause severe injury. In a perfect world workplace accidents and injuries would not exist. Sadly this is not the case, it is impossible to eliminate all risks from the workplace, however with correct training exposure to risks can be minimised.

The affect a workplace injury can have on an employer can be detrimental, having staff on hand who are trained in relevant OH&S and first aid procedures is essential. Government body safe work Australia produces annual statistics and forecasts revolving around workplace injuries. In 2003 the Australian government pledged a commitment to making Australia have the lowest workplace fatality rate in the world by 2010. Sadly this goal was not achieved and although workplace fatalities have decreased, Australia still ranks 7th in the world for traumatic injury deaths. Statistics show that there were around 230 compensation claims by dependants for workplace related fatalities over a two year period, this number does not take into account deaths were no dependents claimed compensation, therefor actual numbers are most likely greater than this figure.

The statistics laid out by safe work Australia pose a challenging question to employers. Could these fatalities have been reduced if there were people on site who reacted quickly and efficiently to accidents? To answer this in the positive would of course be pure speculation, but nevertheless one can’t help but ponder, what if? First aid training is by no means the answer to a severe injury and it will not teach people to handle injuries comprehensively, however when emergency situations present themselves, people with first aid training are vital in administering care, until appropriate medical professionals arrive on the scene.

RAM Trainings first aid course is a comprehensive unit, divided up into modules and taught with practical application in mind. The first aid course is valid for 3 years after which updated training will be available and the CPR aspect of the course is valid for 12 months requiring annual renewal. First aid training saves lives and produces more responsible, skilled workers so book your course today.

Written by Shenoa Gittins

Shenoa is the Operations Manager and co-owner of RAM Training Services.
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