Accidents can happen in the workplace, leading from injuries that range from sprains and bruises to chemical burns and amputations. If you take a look at some of the most common workplace injuries, many of the least serious can be treated on the spot, while the most serious are considerably less likely to be fatal if good first aid is administered immediately.
The risk can be considered low or high depending on the workplace. A low risk workplace is one where workers are not exposed to hazards that could result in serious injury or illness. Examples of low risk workplaces include offices, shops or libraries. Potential work-related injuries and illnesses requiring first aid would be minor in nature.
A high-risk workplace refers to a workplace where workers are exposed to hazards that could result in serious injury or illness and would require first aid, for example factories or motor vehicle workshops.
Providing immediate and effective first aid to workers or others who have been injured or become ill at work may reduce the severity of the injury or illness and promote recovery. In some instances this could mean the difference between life and death.