St John Ambulance launches First Aid readiness initiative

St John Ambulance Victoria has launched a new initiative called 5 Steps To First Aid Readiness to help business owners minimise their workplace risks and be better prepared to respond to First Aid emergencies.

St John Ambulance Victoria has launched a new initiative called 5 Steps To First Aid Readiness to help business owners minimise their workplace risks and be better prepared to respond to First Aid emergencies.

The initiative has been developed in response to national research released in late 2012, which revealed that 87 per cent of Australian businesses are not in First Aid ready. The five steps are designed to quickly determine a business owner’s level of first aid readiness.

Theron Vassiliou, Deputy CEO of St John Ambulance Victoria, said educating business decision-makers about the hidden First Aid risks they face will better enable them to put simple solutions in place to manage in First Aid emergencies that happen everyday. Vassiliou said the 5 Steps To First Aid Readiness initiative is crucial to protecting employers, employees and customers alike.

“First Aid readiness is not just about having people trained in First Aid,” Vassiliou said. “It’s about how all the components of First Aid work together to make a workplace safe: enough people trained, accessible and visible equipment, clear signage and procedures, and putting those in practice with First Aid drills.”

Importantly, Vassiliou stressed that First Aid isn’t a one size fits all scenario and must be tailored to suit each individual business. Businesses, including both employees and customers, may therefore be at risk without knowing it.

“First Aid requirements are subtly different for every business – from the sector they operate in, to the number of staff they have,” Vassiliou said. “By taking a First Aid Ready assessment, businesses can identify gaps in their First Aid needs, and ensure they make the necessary changes in order to achieve best practice in First Aid.”

Businesses can take the first steps to being First Aid Ready by visiting www.firstaidready.com.au or by calling 1300 360 455.

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