Induction Standards for Northern Ireland
Standard 3: Maintain safety at work: Emergency first aid
You need to know what to do in the event of an accident, injury or ill-health of someone in your workplace. This could be a fall, a sudden illness, or a heart attack. It is likely that some staff in your workplace will receive emergency first aid training. However, you should not do anything that you have not been trained to do. If in doubt, don’t – seek help instead. You need to know what to do if someone requires first aid. You may need to get help from a staff member who has first aid training. If the person’s symptoms or injury are life-threatening you need to dial 999 and ask for an ambulance. Your employer will have a policy that meets the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1997 (RIDDOR).
Look at the following resources:
- The Care Skillsbase, Skills Check 14: Reporting an incident, which shows you how to complete an incident report. Print it off and fill it in.
- Your employer’s policy on this issue. The HSE website also has a section on reporting.
- The HSE leaflet Basic advice on first aid at work. This is not a replacement for practical training but is a useful introduction.
Check your understanding
- Fill in the chart at Skills Check 14: Reporting an Incident.
- Make a list of the common types of accident that occur in your place of work. How do you think they could be reduced or prevented?
- Why is it important to report accidents? Check your answer with your supervisor.
Did you know?
- Employers can be fined if they do not follow the right procedures after an accident.
Record what you have learned
- Your organisation may have a Learning Record Form. If so, use that to write down what you have learned and any questions you might have. Otherwise you can use our Learning Record Form.