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Commonsense and basic good housekeeping are the predominant factors influencing the maintenance of high standards of health and safety in offices and staff should always be conscious of dangers to themselves and their colleagues, presented by their working environment and activities.

Any unsafe conditions, e.g. faulty lifts, faulty fire doors, missing fire extinguishers, missing Fire Notices, defective equipment (particularly defective gas fires), poor lighting, damaged floor coverings, unsafe furniture and so on, should be reported at once to your immediate supervisor so that remedial action can be taken. It is often helpful to send a copy of any written request for action to remedy an unsafe condition in the workplace .

Principles of First Aid

First Aid is the skilled provision of treatment for a casualty or any person suddenly taken ill, using the facilities and materials available at the time, to save life and to prevent any deterioration in the condition of that person while awaiting the arrival of qualified medical assistance (usually an ambulance).

The extent to which First Aid assistance is available in each office,  or building in the  varies with the degree of risk present in each office/building. First Aid boxes are provided in each floor, of the  building and these boxes are in the care of Floor Marshals   who may or may not be a qualified First Aider. In high risk areas, at least one person qualified in First Aid should be readily available to render immediate help, to look after the First Aid requirement  and to supervise the First Aid room, if one is provided.

First Aid Immediate Action

If an accident occurs, what would you do?

Check your own safety! You are of no use if you become a second casualty. Use protective clothing and equipment where necessary. Casualties should be seated or reclined when being treated, as appropriate.

  • Keep calm - assess the situation - reassure the casualty

Speaking calmly to the casualty establishes consciousness and may provide useful information about the accident and assist in eliminating continuing danger. If immediate danger threatens, remove the casualty carefully to a safe place without endangering yourself. If the person's clothing is on fire, roll the casualty on the ground in a coat or fire blanket, etc.

Get help at once if the injuries appear serious by summoning a qualified First Aider. Delegate a person nearby to call an ambulance, if one is required, by dialling 101on any telephone connected to the  network. Otherwise follow the instructions on the telephone dial.

MATERIALS FIRST-AID FIRST-AID BOX

Adhesive Plasters

Sterile Eye Pads

[Bandage attached]

Individually Wrapped Triangulour

Bandages

Safety Pins

Medium Individually

Wrapped Sterile

Unmedicated Wound Dressings

[approx. 10 x 8 cmsl

Large Individually Wrapped

Sterile Unmedicated

Wound Dressings

[approx. 13 x 9 cmsl

Extra Large Individually

Wrapped Sterile Unmedicated

Wound Dressings

[approx. 28 x 17.5 cmsl

Individually Wrapped Wipes

Paramedic Shears

Pairs of Latex Gloves

Additionally, where there is no

clear running water,

Sterile Eye Wash

Please check first aid boxes weekly