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CPR First Aid Training - Why It's Important For All Employees

CPR first aid training is something that you may be thinking about offering your employees. This might be mandatory in workplaces involving harsh chemicals, but other workplaces have fewer legal requirements when it comes to first aid. However, you should also consider the moral responsibilities you have to your employees.

While UK law requires there to be adequate provisions, facilities, equipment and employees with medical training within a workplace, this may just involve providing a first aid kit and have one or two individuals with first aid skills. In the case of a cardiac arrest, basic first aid alone cannot help save someone's life. Over 30,000 people in the UK suffer cardiac arrests outside of hospitals; yet less than one in ten survive to be discharged from hospital. This is generally because a cardiac arrest or heart attack is suffered and no-one with CPR training or a defibrillator is close by to respond. Every minute that someone spends in cardiac arrest without help reduces the chance of survival dramatically. Cardiac arrests happen at all times of a day – during exercise, at home and even at the workplace. By having a team of employees with the necessary training in CPR and a defibrillator close by, your employees could provide the emergency procedures that could save the life of a fellow employee, client/customer or other non-employees. CPR alone does not save a life, but it buys time for an ambulance to get to your workplace. This can be an extremely valuable skill to teach to your employees – particularly if you're located in an area with heavy traffic.

Our team at ECG are here to help your employees gain the necessary CPR first aid training. Our experienced trainers are on hand to guide your employees through a series of basic courses, giving them the necessary skills to confidently to deliver CPR and to use automated external defibrillators (AEDs). For more details, please visit http://ecgtraining.co.uk/, call 0845 423 8993 or email enquiries@ecgtraining.co.uk.