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First aid and emergency procedures

Planning for an emergency helps you to:

Employers and the self-employed need to assess the first aid requirements of their work. Make sure there are enough trained first aiders and facilities to help casualties of illness or injury immediately, and that an ambulance or other professional help can be summoned without delay.

You should also identify which items need to be in the worksite first aid kit.

Your first aid assessment

Your first aid assessment should take account of:

First aid kit

You should carry a personal first aid kit on you while at work. It should contain at least a large wound dressing, a pair of plastic gloves and a Resusciade (or similar device). Keep a worksite first aid kit at a central location.

Emergency procedures

For any emergency procedures to work well, all operators and managers must aware of the procedures and have the opportunity to test them. You should test, evaluate and modify your procedures to ensure they are working. Ensure you know your location. Be able to provide OS grid references or GPS coordinates, and access points from the main road into the forest or woodland.

You should also anticipate problems that will exist in getting to a casualty, e.g. the need for aerial tree rescue, or releasing a casualty who is trapped below a tree or heavy equipment. Identify the personnel and equipment that need to be on site and set up how to quickly contact other people you need.

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2013-02-22