Training in first aid
MORE businesses in Kettering are putting their staff through first aid training, according to figures just released by St John Ambulance.
The charity, which raises funds by providing commercial workplace first aid training, trained 1,203 people from local businesses over the course of last year, an increase of just over four per cent on the 2014 figure of 1,154.
John Cavanagh, director of workplace training from St John Ambulance, said: “These figures show that businesses are realising the importance of workplace safety and the key role first aid has to play at work and in the home. We know from experience that many people who go on a first aid course with their employer go on to use their skills in the home and local community to save lives.”
Figures are up across the whole East Midlands region. There were 14,824 first aiders trained by businesses across the region in 2015 – a rise of 513 on the previous year, although some areas saw a drop in workplace training.
Mr Cavanagh warned: “First aid emergencies can happen at any time so it’s vital all businesses in the region invest in training their employees.”
First aid courses are available at the charity’s Fuller Street venue or, for larger groups, can be delivered in the workplace. To find out more about St John Ambulance workplace training, go to: sja.org.uk/training
Pictured – LIFE-SAVERS: Workers are shown how to use a defibrillator.