5 ESSENTIAL Workplace First Aid Skills Everyone Should Know
The start of the year is the perfect time to ensure your workplace is safe and prepared for emergencies. Not everyone may be required to get formal first aid training, but EVERYONE CAN HELP to provide basic first aid in emergencies, with these 5 essential workplace first aid skills everyone should know.
Here’s our top 5 list of first aid skills that you and your colleagues should be confident to perform…
1. Calling 000
Dialling “zero, zero, zero” might seem like a no-brainer, but sometimes communicating your location, details about the casualty and the best entry-point for an ambulance at the premises can be all too overwhelming when you’re working it out on the fly! Make sure everyone understands best entry points for each area of the property. For giving your location easily and accurately, we recommend downloading the free Emergency + mobile phone app developed by Australia’s State Emergency Services. It has a big easy button for making 000 calls and displays your current GPS coordinates and closest street address onscreen.
2. Safety before heroics!
Make sure everyone is clear about the boundaries when it comes to safety. In an emergency the first priority is to ensure we don’t add to the casualty list by responders getting hurt. Eliminate dangers to yourself, others (non-injured) and the injured, in that order. Never proceed until it’s safe to do so and use appropriate personal protective equipment like disposable gloves.
3. Hands-only CPR
If someone requires CPR at your workplace, it’s going to be a team effort. Formal CPR training with a manikin is ideal for any and everyone but you can learn the basics and relieve other rescuers at the scene by watching Fluid First Aid’s award-winning video here.
4. The Recovery Roll
A life-saving manoeuvre that every able human being six years and over should know! If someone has collapsed and is unresponsive to talk and touch prompts, rolling them onto their side will literally keep their tongue and stomach contents from blocking their airway.Watch this demonstration video to learn the right technique that will protect their neck and spine.
5. Control Bleeding
Equally as important to protecting someone’s airway is controlling blood loss as it delivers oxygen to our brain, organs and tissues. If blood is flowing freely from a wound, padded pressure should be applied ASAP and held until a firm pressure bandage can be applied. Always use gloves or have the casualty apply pressure themselves. If they appear pale, cold and clammy, call 000 for an ambulance.
Do yourself, your colleagues and your friends a favour and share these must-know tips with them today!