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A matter of life or death

20 November 2014

Every year in the UK, thousands of people die in situations where basic first aid could have saved their lives.

A survey carried out in 2012 by St John’s Ambulance revealed that only 18% of people know basic first aid, yet all businesses are required by law to provide the appropriate first-aid arrangements, including the provision of trained first aiders. In order to help promote workplace safety and guide businesses towards providing the right kit and training, UK safety supplier Arco has published an Expert Guide to First Aid Kits and Training in the Workplace. 
With two main bodies providing recommendations on good practice for first aid provision in the workplace, The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 Approved Code of Practice and Guidance from the HSE, it can be confusing for businesses to understand what is needed to be compliant. Arco’s First Aid Expert Guide provides clear instruction on the current regulations and on the correct contents of first aid kits. Advice contained within the guide can also help businesses determine how many trained first aiders are needed on site.