The importance of first aid can never be overestimated. While first aid training has definite and tangible benefits for employees in the workplace, it is equally important in a home and social environment, where the ability to apply one’s knowledge and know-how can be a life saver for family and friends.

There are a number of benefits that derive from first aid training for employees, many of which can be transferred to the home environment. These include:

  • The ability to respond faster during an emergency. First aiders understand the steps to take during an emergency, thanks to increased confidence and preparation. This ability to respond quickly can not only reduce recovery time but could mean the difference between life and death.
  • First aid training helps employees learn to be more conscious of safety in the workplace, leading to a reduced number of accidents and injuries.
  • By making first aid training available to employees, employers demonstrate to their employees that they care about providing a safe work environment.
  • Improves morale in the workforce.
  • First aiders can provide quick medical treatment until professional assistance arrives. They become an invaluable support not only to victims, but also to professional emergency responders and medical practitioners.
  • First aid helps ensure that the right methods of administering medical assistance are provided. Knowing how to help a person is just as important in emergency situations.
  • Can decrease insurance costs.
  • Can lower healthcare costs.
  • Attracts new employees who are seeking a safer work environment.

Certified First Aid training

Strat Training provides First Aid Training to SAQA’s Unit Standard 119567 (NQF Level: 1 – 5 credits), Unit Standard 120496 (NQF Level: 2 – 5 credits) and Unit Standard 376480 (NQF Level: 3 – 8 credits). All courses are fully compliant with the Occupational Health & Safety Act.

The three courses are:

  • Basic First Aid Level 1 –
  • Perform basic life support and first aid procedures in emergencies
  • Apply primary emergency life support
  • Carry out basic first aid treatment in the workplace
  • Basic First Aid Level 2 –
  • Provide risk-based primary emergency care/first aid in the workplace
  • Explain the functional aspects of the human anatomy in the use of primary emergency care terminology
  • Perform basic first aid
  • Render basic first aid in an office workplace in the workplace or home environment
  • Basic First Aid Level 3 –
  • Provide primary emergency care/first aid as an advanced first responder.

According to Edwin Stafford, CEO of Strat Training, “It is critically important that all companies have at least one and preferably more first-aiders on staff. The value that can be added by having an experienced and knowledgeable person on hand cannot be overestimated.”

To find out more about Strat Training’s first aid courses contact the company on courses@strattraining.co.za or visit the website at www.strattraining.co.za

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