HSE issues revised first aid guidance

The
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revised its Basic advice on first aid at work, guidance which is now available
in both leaflet and poster formats.

Together
with a revised Electric shock first aid
procedures
poster, the new publications have been designed for easy display
purposes to assist first aiders at work.

Employers
are legally required to provide adequate facilities, equipment and personnel in
the workplace under the 1981 Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations.

The
guidelines include information on how to resuscitate a casualty, how to deal
with severe bleeding, and the treatment of broken bones, burns and eye injuries.

The
electric shock poster offers advise on breaking the contact between the power
source and the casualty, as well as making the area safe before administering
first aid.

Dr
Richard Elliott of HSE’s Health Directorate said: “The revised publications are
not a substitute for effective training in first aid. However, they will serve
as helpful reminders to qualified first aiders of the essential steps to follow
in an emergency. Appropriate and timely action in an emergency can save lives.”

www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg347.pdf

By Ross Wigham

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