When you think of First Aid Training in Medway, burn training isn’t normally the first thing that comes to mind. However, for the first time ever, parts of the UK, particularly Kent and the South East, are seeing temperatures skyrocket to anything between 35 and 40 degrees Celsius. It could be a completely new record for the UK!
Now more than ever is it important to ensure your company has the correct first aid training in place. Especially for companies that require employees to work outside, such as the construction sector.
HOW TO HANDLE SOMEONE WHO HAS EXTREME SUNBURN?
Anyone that is working outside, or is in the sun for a significant amount of time will need to make sure they stay hydrated. Remember hydration is key to ensuring your body and organs function properly. If you’re suffering from sunburn then you can become incredibly dehydrated!
If you, or someone else has sunburn, or the early signs of heatstroke, then you should seek shade as much as possible. External workers, such as digger operators and anyone working on site, can find this difficult to do. However, make the most of the machine’s air conditioning, use the shade of the digger and take frequent breaks to prevent overheating.
What happens when an individual is too dehydrated to produce sweat? Yes, you guessed it, heat stroke! Your body’s internal temperature can rise to dangerously high levels, if you are not drinking enough fluid on a regular basis. Should a colleague, or someone you know be suffering from heat stroke then we recommend taking the following steps:
- Move them to a cool place
- Lie them down and raise their feet
- Drink plenty of water
- Cooling their skin down with sprays, cool sponges or cold packs around the areas that emit heat the most
If extreme heat stroke has affected someone, immediate action should be taken. Heat stroke can cause confusion, seizures and even loss of consciousness. In the event that these symptoms are present, you should call 999 immediately.
WHAT SHOULD YOU PROVIDE AS AN EMPLOYER?
According to the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations of 1981, companies are responsible for making sure employees receive appropriate medical attention should they require it.
All companies should be able to provide:
- A well-stocked first aid kit with basic supplies
- An appoint person to carry out first aid when required
- Information for your employees regarding who is first aid trained, where supplies are kept and any other relevant details
If you were in an environment with only one or two people, then an appointed first aider will suffice. Should the company be larger, it is important to have multiple first aiders on hand to assist.
WHAT LEVEL OF FIRST AID IS REQUIRED IN A WORKPLACE?
It is the law to provide employees / customers with first aid attention in the event of an accident or emergency. However the level of first aid you will be required to provide will depend on various factors. For example, the size of your company and where you work.
The industry you work in also has a huge impact on the level of first aid too. For workers in the construction industry, or anyone working with heavy machinery or hazardous products, it is more likely that a higher level of first aid will be involved should an accident happen. It may be the case that a fully trained first aider with plenty of previous experience is on hand at all times when work is being carried out.
WHAT IS COVERED IN THE FIRST AID TRAINING COURSE?
All workplaces will need to have appropriate first aid equipment, as well as qualified staff to carry out any first aid. So let’s find out more about our First Aid training in Medway.
Here at the Diggerland Plant Training School, our first aid courses will vary in duration depending on any existing experience. We can offer a one or three day first aid course or if you are already first aid trained, we offer a two day refresher.
The course content that will be covered include helping someone who:
- Is unresponsive or not breathing
- Has broken a bone
- Feels faint or has passed out
- Are suffering from a seizure or heart attack
- Has a head injury
- Has has a severe allergic reaction
- Is diabetic
The full course details can be viewed on our website, along with a contact form to contact us directly.
FIRST AID TRAINING IN MEDWAY – BOOK NOW!
If you’re working with a colleague that experiences severe sunburn then our First Aid training in Medway will be incredibly helpful. As well as health and safety courses in Medway, we also have plenty of other construction courses to book.
Diggerland Plant Training School has 4 UK training sites located at Diggerland Kent (our main site), Devon, Durham and Yorkshire. We can also arrange for our instructors to conduct training on a customer’s site.
To get in contact with us or to book onto our courses please call: 01634 295355 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.