First Aid Policy

 1.  General Guidelines

The College has a duty to protect the health and safety of their staff, students and visitors to the premises, including the responsibility to ensure that the College has a Health and Safety Policy. The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and qualified first-aid personnel. This should include arrangements for first aid, based on a risk assessment of the College. The Head of Centre is responsible for implementing the policy and for developing procedures and should review the first-aid needs at least annually to ensure that provision is appropriate.  This Policy should be read in conjunction with the Health & Safety Policy.

2.  Providing Information

The staff induction programme should contain the following information:

  • location of first aid boxes
  • first-aiders/appointed persons
  • procedures for monitoring and reviewing the College’s first-aid provision

4.  First Aiders

First aiders must complete training approved by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) which will also include mandatory updates. The main duties of a first aider are:

  • to give immediate assistance to casualties with common injuries or illnesses and those arising from specific hazards within the College.
  • ensure that an ambulance or other professional help is called when necessary.

The following staff hold recognised and valid accredited Health & Safety Executive compliant Four Day First Aid qualifications as delivered by St John’s Ambulance Trainers:

Asfa Soni   Head of Centre

Samra Mir   Administrator

  • There will always be at least one qualified first aider on site when students are present.   All qualified first aiders undertake training every three years to maintain their accreditation.

6. Administering First Aid

No member of staff should administer first aid unless he or she has received proper training.

 

Staff should take precautions to avoid infection and must follow basic hygiene procedures.   For their own protection and the protection of the patient the member of staff who administers first aid should take the following precautions.

  • Exposed cuts and abrasions should be covered with a waterproof dressing. Hands should be washed before and after administering first aid. Disposable gloves should be worn if possible.
  • The patient’s blood or other body fluids should be washed off with soap and water if the first aider comes into contact with them. Clean cold tap water should be used to wash mouths, eyes or broken skin.
  • Disposable plastic gloves must be worn when first aiders are mopping up blood or body fluids.
  • Paper towels should be used for mopping up and soiled towels should be disposed of in sealed plastic bags and, preferably, incinerated. Clothing may be cleaned in a washing machine using the hot cycle.
  • Surfaces should be wiped down with a solution of a suitable disinfectant.

 

7.  Emergency Situations

In the event of an accident, the first member of staff trained in First Aid to reach the scene will, as far as he/she is able, assess the injuries sustained by the casualty.

  •  Any casualty with a minor injury AND who is judged capable of moving without risk of harm or further injury by the First Aider should be accompanied to the College Office where they may receive appropriate treatment,.   If necessary, arrangements will be made so that the student may be taken to a NHS “walk in” centre or A&E department as appropriate.
  • In the case of a more serious emergency, an ambulance will be called. A person should be detailed to receive the ambulance and to direct the ambulance staff to the casualty.
  • Casualties with suspected fractures or back or neck injuries must not be moved unless ambulance personnel are present.

8.  First Aid Containers

There is a first aid box located in the reception of both Campuses. The contents should be checked by the appointed first aiders each term.

9.  First Aid Designated Area

There is no designated First Aid area. In the event of a person being unwell, they should be taken to a quiet office where they can sit down pending further appropriate action being taken or further medical attention requested if required.

10.  Record Keeping

Records should be kept of any first-aid treatment given by first-aiders. All accidents will be recorded in the accident book, which is kept in the appropriate office. Serious accidents must be brought to the attention of the Head of Centre who will decide on whether further action including the completion of a RIDDOR ‘Injury or Dangerous Occurrence Report’ is required.

11.  First Aid on College Visits

When students are on approved trips, first-aid arrangements are detailed in the risk assessment.  A designated member of staff must have a mobile ‘phone to summon medical attention if required.

 

Written by:  VB

Created Date: 8th Jan 2012

This process takes effect from: 1st Feb 2012

Modified on 14th Jan 2013 by VB