Workplace First Aid Basics

September 28, 2016

First-aid knowledge and decisive action can mean the difference between life and death. If someone requires emergency medical attention on the job, co-workers in the immediate vicinity should call 999 and, if trained, apply first aid while waiting for the paramedics.

Although this advice is not meant to substitute formal first-aid training, even a basic knowledge of first aid could help in emergency situations.

When you encounter an emergency in the workplace, do the following:

  1. Assess the situation without putting yourself in danger.
  2. Make the area safe.
  3. Determine the severity of any injuries, attending to unconscious victims first.
  4. 4.     Designate a specific person to send for help.

When checking for a response from a possibly unconscious victim, perform these steps:

  1. Lightly shake the victim’s shoulders, asking loudly, ‘Are you all right?’
  2. If you receive no response, open the victim’s airway by tilting the head back.
  3. Check for normal breathing by listening closely to the victim’s nose and mouth and looking for the rise and fall of the chest.
    1. Take appropriate action, but only perform rescue breathing or CPR if you are certified.

For more specific emergencies, consider the following:

Always write down any necessary first-aid or emergency response actions you took for employer records.

And remember the most important thing in emergency situations is to remain calm—doing so could help save a life.

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