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First aid training, and how it can help your workplace

If you run a business, it’s likely that you’ve thought about first aid. Although not all workplaces are required to train first aiders, the training can be life-saving. Some of our team at Transcendit completed first aid training in June 2018, and a year on, we’ve been taking another look at the British Red Cross training and refreshing our knowledge.

‘Transcendit train first aiders every three years,’ says Director Adam Kuznesof. ‘We open up the training to everyone within the business. The more people we have trained up the better, because it means that even when someone is on holiday or is out with a client, we always have multiple trained first aiders in the offices.’

Transcendit’s first aiders are Andrew Richardson, Stefan Frizzel, Jonty Davis, Christophe Duhaut, Rebecca Harrison, Tom Tinsley, Katherine Bell, Adam Kuznesof, Dave Scott, Kate Johnson and Diane Pharoah. Employees can view which first aiders are available today on Time Booked, our staff holiday planner.

‘We don’t want to just meet the minimum requirements as a business,’ says Adam. ‘First aid training is about more than that - it has a huge number of benefits inside and outside of the workplace. You learn how to safely perform CPR, help someone who is choking, use a defibrillator - that’s a given. But you also teach people how to react in a crisis, to be more safety conscious. To react decisively and confidently during an emergency. First aid training doesn’t just help when accidents happen; it helps prevent accidents from happening.’

‘The training with the Red Cross was so comprehensive - I feel like we covered a huge amount in a fairly short amount of time,’ says Rebecca Harrison, Transcendit’s copywriter. ‘It’s such valuable information, and it’s taught in a way that’s so easy to understand. The certification is valid for three years, so those of us who completed the training are just approaching our first year of being qualified. I’ve completed the training with a previous job, and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. There’s no reason not to.’

The British Red Cross run a number of different first aid courses; some for high risk workplaces, as well as low risk workplaces. They range in length depending on the course content, and whether you’re legally required to have first aiders as a part of your workplace. The Emergency First Aid in the Workplace is a six hour course, and is designed for low risk workplaces - offices, and similar environments where the opportunity for accidents and injuries are fairly minimal.

The Emergency First Aid in the Workplace course includes training on aiding unconscious adults who are suffering from seizures or needs to be resuscitated, as well as conscious adults who are bleeding or wounded, and how to treat minor injuries. Attendees are also taught how to assess dangerous situations and act appropriately, as well as how to communicate efficiently during a crisis; with both fellow employees and the emergency services

If you’re interested in training with the British Red Cross, you can check the upcoming courses in Newcastle here.

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