Health & Safety, An Introduction to

First Aid & Accident Reporting

What do you do if there’s an accident at work?

This information has so far been all about prevention, but sometimes things do go wrong. If someone has been hurt or fallen ill at work it’s important to take care of them straight away, and make any dangerous conditions safe.

First-aid means treating minor injuries at work and giving immediate attention to more serious casualties until medical help is available. Through this initial management of injury or illness suffered at work, lives can be saved and minor injuries prevented from becoming major ones.

Reporting accidents and ill health at work is a legal requirement under the Reporting of Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 or RIDDOR. The enforcing authorities use the information to see the big picture of where injuries, ill health and accidental losses are occurring, and to advise on preventive action.

Does this concern me?

Do you have the minimum first-aid provision at your workplace? As an employer you must provide first aid equipment and facilities appropriate for the circumstances in your workplace. The minimum would be a suitably stocked first-aid box and a person appointed to take charge of first-aid arrangements.

Do you know whether you might need to provide more than the minimum?

Do you know which accidents and ill health cases to report, including who should do it, when and how? Employers, the self-employed and people in control of work premises all have duties.

Do you know what accidents cost – and that insurance policies do not cover all the costs?

What law applies?

Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981

Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR)

How and where can you get more help

‘Electric shock. First aid procedures.’ Encapsulated poster ISBN 0 7176 2264 9 £7.50 Rigid PVC poster ISBN 0 7176 2262 2 £12.50

‘Basic advice on first aid at work.’ Encapsulated poster ISBN 0 7176 2265 7 £7.50 Rigid PVC poster ISBN 0 7176 2263 0 £12.50

‘First aid at work – Approved code of practice and guidance.’ L74 ISBN 0 7176 1050 0 £6.75

‘Reduce risks – cut costs : The real costs of accidents and ill health at work’ INDG355 FREE (available in packs of 15 ISBN 0 7176 2337 8 £5.00)

‘A guide to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995′ L73 ISBN 0 7176 2431 5 £7.95

You can order any of these titles through HSE Books.

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