Department of Labour training on first aid requirements
In SA the OHS Act stipulates that all workplaces must have trained first aiders when there are more than 10 employees. These first aiders must receive their training on first aid through an accredited training provider. The 5 main aims of training on first aid are:
- To comply with legislative requirements;
- To assist any employee, client, contractor, or visitor to your workplace who needs medical assistance;
- To upskill yourself in order to assist family members and friends who are in need of medical treatment until professional medical personnel arrives;
- To minimize injury and future disability. In serious cases, first aid may be necessary to keep the victim alive.
- To preserve an injured person’s life, to prevent the injury or medical condition from becoming worse, and promote recovery by getting the injured person to the correct medical facility when required.
It is impossible to foresee when a working accident will occur. However, it is the employer’s responsibility to do everything possible to prevent accidents and ensure that employees and visitors to their workplace have access to first aid.
The main objective of the OHS Act is to provide as far as reasonably practicable a working environment that is safe from harm and danger to all employees, clients, contractors and visitors to your workplace. The OHS Act stipulates that the relevant type and quantity of first aid equipment and trained first aiders must be available at all workplaces. If any employee, client, contractor or visitor gets injured or becomes sick at the workplace it is the responsibility of the first aiders to assist the injured party until the relevant professional medical personnel arrives to take over the medical treatment and transportation of the injured person.
Why is training on first aid at work important?
The main objective of the OHS Act is to provide a healthy and safe working environment for all and it is also in the Constitution of SA that every person has the right to a healthy and safe working environment.
At any given stage any employee may be injured or become sick while they are in their various working environments and it is the responsibility of the employer to assist that sick or injured employee, client, contractor, or visitor to his workplace.
How will the employer be able to provide the necessary first aid treatment to anyone who needs it if he doesn’t have trained and competent first aiders in all his working environments?
The OHS Act does stipulate the importance of training on first aid in the workplace as well as the number of first aiders and first aid equipment that must be readily available to assist at any given moment.
How often is training on first aid needed?
Training on first aid is governed by the Department of Employment and Labour and your first aid certificate is valid for 3 years as long as the training was conducted through an accredited first aid training provider. As per the OHS Act, an employer needs to train first aiders when he has 10 or more employees in his employment and he needs to make sure that the workplace has adequate first aid equipment.
What do you learn from training on first aid?
In an accredited first aid training course you will learn how to assist a person who is sick or injured and needs medical assistance. This is a life skill that you can use at any time and place and not just in the working environment
The Department of Employment and Labour amended training on first aid courses in April 2021. As per the new amendments a first aid course, depending on the level of the first aid course must cover as a minimum the following content for a “Level 1” first aid course:
Principles of first aid, legal aspects, and scene safety.
- Positioning and elementary anatomy and physiology.
- Scene survey and casualty assessment.
- Cardiopulmonary resuscitation and choking.
- Shock and fainting.
- Bleeding, wounds, and burns.
- Fractures, sprains, and strains.
- Head injuries, spinal injuries, chest and abdominal injuries.
- Environmental emergencies, bites, stings, and poisoning.
- Medical emergencies.
- Triage and record keeping.
After successful completion of an accredited first aid training course, the delegate will receive a valid certificate with a validity period of 3 years from the date of completion.
What Are the Types of First Aid?
The three types of workplace first aid:
- Basic first aid that is aligned to Unit Standard 119567
- Intermediate first aid that is aligned to Unit Standard 120496
- Advance first aid that is aligned to unit standard 376480
These 3 Unit standards are supplied by SAQA and all accredited first aid training providers have to align their training material and duration of the course based on the specific of each Unit Standard.
The 5 main aims of first aid are:
- preserve life
- prevent the escalation of the illness or injury
- promote recovery
- pain relief
- protect the unconscious
How to find the right first aid training course for your workplace?
In order to determine what training on first aid you need, you will need to send your employees on will be to do a risk assessment of the type of work your employees perform and where they perform these tasks. The higher the risk ranking for the type of work and location the higher the level of first aid training your employees should receive.
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