If your supervisor is not trained in first-aid, their key duties in the event of an accident are:
- To take charge when somebody is injured or becomes unwell at work
- To be responsible for ensuring the injured or unwell party can access first-aid facilities and equipment
- To find a trained first-aider if one is available
- To contact the emergency services as necessary
Appointed persons should not attempt any first-aid treatment beyond their level of training or experience.
The findings of your first-aid needs assessment will dictate whether or not you need a qualified first-aider on site. If you do, appropriate training for the level you identify as necessary might include:
- First aid at work (FAW)
- Emergency first aid at work (EFAW)
- Other first-aid training appropriate to the nature of the work and site
EFAW training equips an individual to administer a general first-aid response in an emergency situation.
FAW training equips an individual to administer a general first-aid response in an emergency, as well as to provide other first-aid treatments for a range of more specific illnesses and injuries.
It’s always a good idea to send your trained first-aiders on annual refresher courses, to help keep them up to date with basic skills and aware of any recent changes to standard protocol.