Clearview Midlands November 2013 - Issue 144 - Page 22

industrynews ARE YOUR FIRST AID PROCEDURES IN GOOD HEALTH? First aid legislation can be confusing and with the majority of businesses forced to selfregulate, many organisations are failing to meet the legal requirements according to a warning from workplace equipment supplier Slingsby. Under The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 employers must provide ‘adequate and appropriate’ first-aid equipment, facilities and training so that anyone who has an accident can receive immediate help. As part of this legislation all workplaces must provide a first aid box that is appropriate to the number of employees and suitably stocked depending on specific hazards. Plus all employers should have at least one trained first aider, although businesses in high-risk industries and those with large numbers of employees require considerably more. Lee Wright, Marketing Director at Slingsby, explains: “Every workplace has to undertake a thorough assessment of first-aid needs on a regular basis and someone needs to be made responsible for first-aid. Typically, the appointed person will look after all first aid equipment and be responsible for calling the emergency services in the event of an accident.” Lee adds: “It’s important to make all employees aware of the first aid procedures and notices should be displayed explaining where first aid equipment is kept and who the relevant people are to administer it.” CHANGES TO REPORTING REQUIREMENTS The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has formally implemented changes to simplify the mandatory reporting of workplace injuries for businesses. Changes to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995 clarify and simplify the reporting requirements, while ensuring that the data collected gives an accurate and useful picture of workplace incidents. The change affects all employers, including the self-employed. The main changes are in the following areas: • The classification of ‘major injuries’ to workers replaced with a shorter list of ‘specified injuries’ • The existing schedule detailing 47 types of industrial disease replaced with eight categories of reportable work-related illness • Fewer types of ‘dangerous occurrence’ require reporting There are no significant changes to the reporting requirements for: • Fatal accidents • Accidents to non-workers (members of the public) • Accidents resulting in a worker being unable to perform their normal range of duties for more than seven days • How an incident at work is reported and the criteria that determine whether an incident should be investigated remain the same. Commenting on the impact of the changes, Dave Charnock, HSE policy lead for the revisions to RIDDOR, explained: “Reporting under R