Learn how to save lives and avoid fines in the workplace

Businesses worried about health and safety requirements in the workplace can get advice from a new campaign by St John Ambulance.

A quick and simple survey of just four questions shows businesses how aid compliant they are and whether statutory first aid requirements are being met.

It follows research which shows that 58 per cent of people in the north east would not feel confident to try and save a life and 53 per cent think the best place for people to learn first aid skills is at work.

The research also revealed that up to 150,000 people die each year in situations where first aid may have given them the chance to live.

Failing to have a minimum number of trained first aiders in the workplace is against the law and the repercussions for non-compliance can be severe, yet some businesses in the region will fail to meet this basic need.

In 2010, there were over 1,100 cases of businesses being taken to court because of health and safety failings, resulting in fines as large as £140,000 for not having first aiders present.

To complete the survey, go to sja.org.uk/firstaidsurvey or call a St John Ambulance consultant on 0844 324 5535 to discuss your needs.