Portfolio of Evidence.
This unit provides a basic introduction to first aid in the workplace. It reinforces the importance of workers knowing how to respond if they are first on the scene and what actions they should take within their own limitations.
Unit Learning Outcomes
Understand the legal requirements for provision of first aid in the workplace.
Learning Outcome 1: Indicative Content
'All employers must provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work'. The Health and Safety Executive 2015
The law is laid out in Health & Safety (First Aid) Regulation 1981 (updated 2015).
Legal duties of employers may include:
- carry out a risk assessment to identify what first aid arrangements are required
- must make appropriate first aid arrangements for the workplace to ensure all employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work
- provision of first aid kits fully stocked - new regulations came in 23020 for the contents of First Aids Kits
- appointed person to take charge of first aid arrangements
- trained first aiders - First Aid at Work Certificate or Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate
Make sure all employees have details of first aid arrangements. Learners need to describe provisions for a specific workplace e.g. residential care home, nursery.
1.1Explain the legal duties of employers for the provision of first aid in the workplace.
1.2Describe provisions made for first aid in a specific workplace including personnel, equipment, facilities and information
Understand basic first aid procedures.
Learning Outcome 2: Indicative Content
Different emergency first aid situations may include cuts, dizziness or fainting, falls, seizures, foreign objects, bites. The scenarios should relate to the client group that learners are going to be working with.
Learners should know their own limitations when first on the scene of an accident or someone is unwell. Procedures may include:
- assess situation quickly and calmly
- protect yourself
- prevent cross infection
- comfort and reassure
- give early treatment but know own limitations
- get help
Record keeping requirements may include:
- accident report book (legal requirement)
- notification of child taken ill or having accident during child care for parent
The importance of record keeping may include:
- avoid further injury or illness e.g. allergic reaction
- record of incident if there are legal implications
- provides historical evidence which may result in a risk assessment
2.1Explain procedures to be followed for different emergency first aid situations in given scenarios.
2.2Outline record-keeping requirements for a specific workplace.
2.3Explain why it is important to keep records of incidents, accidents and treatments.