A Worthing-based training provider is aiming to make first aid as easy as ABC in light of startling new statistics released by the government this year.
Recently, ABC Worksafe designed five bespoke Emergency First Aid at Work sessions to educate staff from St Barnabas House adults’ hospice and Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice about how to deal with potential health & safety risks while working in close range with the general public – including CPR, choking, seizures, wounds and burns.
The training came after the recent Labour Force Survey revealed that a staggering 621,000 injuries occurred at work between 2015 and 2016, while a further 1.3 million working people suffered from a work-related illness. 137 deaths at work have also been reported to RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations), with more than 30 million working days lost each year.
Fortunately, Jan Harper, Head of Retail for St Barnabas and Chestnut Tree House, said course participants have only had to deal with a few cuts and grazes since receiving their training but that they now felt more confident about the prospect of handling a serious first aid incident at work.
“The safety and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and visitors is paramount,” Jan said. “Across all areas of our retail operation, we’ve had a really positive response to the training. ABC Worksafe provided a fun, interactive and highly informative course and staff tell us they have already been able to call on their training outside of the workplace, which is great to hear.”
Paul Lane, Managing Director of ABC Worksafe, added: “St Barnabas & Chestnut Tree House is a fantastic charity that provides crucial palliative care to the local community, so we were delighted to be able to help staff and volunteers feel safer while they do such important work.
The widely acknowledged statistic is that 2/3 of people couldn’t save a life so it’s not just about teaching people what to do when something goes wrong, but also increasing their awareness so they can act responsibly and share their knowledge with others.”