first aid procedures in the workplace

With the heat wave in France, the risks of dehydration increase manifold and the discomfort caused by the heat is hardly negligible. It is therefore essential that the leader prepares himself and his colleagues for all events and situations. Accidents can happen very quickly in a company: fire, heart attack, malaise, suffocation… An entrepreneur should be prepared for this type of situation and keep himself calm. To respond effectively while waiting for help, here’s the first step to take.

accident site safety

Your premises must follow a set of safety rules, so that in the event of an incident there is no additional danger. Do not go near the scene of an accident if it is risky for you. You’re not a superhero and helping someone in danger, despite your sincere motivation, can only escalate the situation when you’re not worthy.

If the accident site is unsafe, especially in the event of a fire or when an electrical problem occurs, call emergency services straight away. Fire Brigade (18) for any emergency, Community (15) for medical intervention, Police (17) for disturbances related to public order or security. Once you inform them, wait and secure your premises with a security perimeter. If the accident is not related to your workplace but is related to a particular person, then you need to learn the various first aid signs to react in the best possible way during those situations which we are going to list down for you.


It’s lunch time and you are going to share your meal with your employees on the roof of your campus. The incident happens, one of your employees dies during the meal. Don’t panic, if the person can’t speak, cough, or breathe, you’ll need up to five slaps on the back. If there is no suffocation despite these slaps, do five abdominal pressures. Alternate back slaps and abdominal pressure. In the meantime, be sure to ask one of your employees to join the emergency services.

The situation could get worse. If the victim loses consciousness, you will need to gently place them on the ground to begin “cardiopulmonary” resuscitation. It involves doing 30 compressions on the lower half of the sternum, with the palm of one hand and the other supporting the first. Make sure that your support is never on the sides of the sternum. Continue this resuscitation until help intervenes.


Unfortunately one of your employees has to fall badly in the office due to which he bleeds a lot. You must apply direct pressure to the wound to stop the flow. Once again, it is better to lay the victim horizontally and notify emergency services directly.

If you are the only person in the room and need to get help by taking your hands off. The challenge is tough because you have to have a “relay buffer” in the form of a cloth (the latter should be clean and cover the entire wound). Change the pressure as soon as possible. Tighten the tampon as tightly as possible so that flow does not resume and if it is never stopped thanks to the first tampon, apply a second one to increase the compression. If that doesn’t work, you’ll have to start manual pressing again.

heart attack

A heart attack is one of the most frightening events. According to Planetoscope, these concern 120,000 people a year in France. A case in point of incident that can happen very quickly on your premises. You will need to do 30 chest pressures and then give the victim two breaths. Tilt his head back and lift his chin as you breathe through his mouth. Pinch his nostrils with one hand and hold his chin with the other so that he can keep his mouth open. No more than a second, whereas an insufflation should be done slowly. Repeat this action until help arrives. Remember to equip your premises with a defibrillator, with the help of the latter the victim’s chances of survival increase.


It may happen that a member of your team becomes unwell and loses consciousness. First clear his airway and check if he is breathing. In the lateral position, turn his body to the side. A casualty who loses consciousness may see his “airway” blocked with his tongue. To avoid this risk, raise her head with her chin up and listen to her breathing by placing your ear near her mouth.

Don’t hesitate to put up summary sheets with diagrams on your premises so you and your employees know what to do if this type of incident occurs. Everyone should know the signs of first aid and it can save lives.

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