The Health & Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 require all companies to consider the provision of first-aid care at work.
Information was obtained by postal questionnaires returned by 36 food and drink manufacturing companies on the provision and cost of the first-aid care they provide, as well as the types of treatment that their first aiders administer.
Almost all of the companies complied with the legislation by providing trained first aiders and adequate treatment equipment and facilities.
The average cost of first-aid provision was £16.00 per worker per year.
The majority (93%) of the first-aid treatment provided was of a minor nature.
The study demonstrates that first aiders only infrequently use their specialist knowledge and skills for the management of serious or life-threatening medical emergencies.
Based on the results of the study, and on the results of previous studies concerning the provision of first-aid care and the training requirements for first aiders, it is concluded that the present emphasis on the provision of minor treatment and the current first-aid training system have resulted in first aiders not being adequately trained to save life, the main objective of first-aid care.
A case is made for first-aid training to be reduced in content, but undertaken more frequently, to ensure that first aiders can adequately manage an acute, life-threatening medical emergency.
Mots-clés Pascal : Industrie alimentaire, Utilisation, Coût, Réglementation, Législation, Lieu travail, Equipement biomédical, Aménagement intérieur, Formation, Homme, Médecine travail, Royaume Uni, Premier secours, Europe
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Food industry, Use, Costs, Regulation, Legislation, Work place, Biomedical equipment, Disposition of a building, Formation, Human, Occupational medicine, United Kingdom, Europe
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0470019
Code Inist : 002B30B03. Création : 01/03/1996.