At the end of 2017 the team at Cooper Weston undertook a First Aid at Work course, which took place locally at Horsham Boxing Club.
The comprehensive first aid training course was delivered by Assist First-Aid Training who offer First Aid training for businesses in Sussex, Surrey and across the South East. This course was perfect for our team as it has been specifically designed for higher risk environments, and for those wishing to gain a more thorough first aid qualification.
Working with electrics in high-risk environments can be dangerous, even for experts, so it’s important for the whole Cooper Weston team to be in a position to give immediate help if they are injured or taken ill at work.
What did we learn?
During the course we learnt how to deal with common injuries, such as dealing with bleeding, burns and choking. We were shown different methods depending on whether the injuries were minor or severe.
First aid and wound management
We learnt the concepts of wound management, should injuries occur, and were guided through the correct procedure for taking care of a casualty, starting with primary surveys, then assessing the first aid situation and finally doing CPR.
We were then taught how to deal with more severe situations like bone, muscle and joint injuries, seizures, head injuries and spinal injuries. We were also taught about the correct contents of a first aid kit, something that not many people are aware of.
One of the most important things that we all took away from the course was how to deal with unconscious casualties and how to safely put them into the recovery position.
The course also covered how to deal with chest pains (including heart attacks), allergies, shock, strokes, sprains and strains, asthma, eye injuries, diabetes and poisons.
AoFAQ Level 3 Qualification
After completing the course we became officially AoFAQ Level 3 Qualified First Aiders. We got our certificates and are all trained and ready to deal with any workplace accidents.
For everyone at Cooper Weston, safety is of the utmost importance as we complete our work on a range of different sites. This first aid course is in addition to our recent CHAS accreditation, which was achieved after demonstrating compliance with, and sound management of the current health and safety legislation as part of The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme.