Survey asking about first aid at work

BUSINESSES are being asked to take a St John Ambulance survey to ensure that they have enough first aiders in the workplace.

Businesses can answer the four questions online at www.sja.org.uk/survey to help determine whether or not they are meeting statutory first aid requirements.

If results indicate companies risk fines or legal action, the first aid organisation can provide advice and, if necessary, professional workplace first aid training.

Mel Fox, Regional Director for St John Ambulance training in the Midlands, said: “On any given day, first aiders might be absent because of illness, holiday or training.

“That means if someone has an injury and is bleeding – or even has a heart attack – there may be no one to provide the vital first aid.

“Having enough cover could be the difference between life and death in an emergency.”