This talk will cover before First Aid, when First Aid is required and basic First Aid.
• Ensure you know where the first-aid kit is kept.
• Know who the first aiders are.
• You must have a small travelling first-aid kit if you are working in a small group away from the
main site or if you use potentially dangerous tools or machinery.
• Know where the phone is and understand the procedure for calling the emergency services.
• Remove the hazard from the casualty if safe to do so.
• Call for help, e.g. first aider.
• Send someone to phone for an ambulance if necessary.
• Don’t move the casualty, unless in immediate danger.
• Remain with the casualty and give reassurance.
• Make the casualty as comfortable as possible.
• Don’t give drinks or food to the casualty, if required you may moisten their lips.
• Don’t allow the casualty to smoke.
Basic First Aid Knowledge
• Do you know how to resuscitate and start the heart?
• Do you know how to stop major bleeding?
• Do you know how to treat scolds, burns and shock?
• First-aid cover must include shift work.
• Someone must have responsibility for restocking first-aid boxes.
• The first-aid equipment provided must be appropriate for the nature of the work and the
• First-aiders should be easy to identify – usually a sticker on the safety helmet.