Kingaroy Home Aids and First Aid Training offers a range of health and safety training for tradesmen.
Kingaroy Home Aids and First Aid Training offers a range of health and safety training for tradesmen. Elaelah Harley

Why tradies should learn first aid

WORKPLACE health and safety is a requirement in every industry.

That's what Kingaroy Home Aids and First Aid Training owner Annette Ivins believes.

"There's a great importance of safety to prevent people from getting hurt and needing recovery from on the job problems,” she said.

"Being trained to know what to look for and how to treat someone through first aid is important before emergency services can arrive.”

Mrs Ivins said within construction, workers are dealing with many different risks with different ways to treat potential injuries.

"If it's to do with electricity, we run CPR and LVR, which means low voltage rescue. As an electrician, you're required to have that license,” she said.

"We run Construction White Card courses as well. They used to be online, but you can't do them online any more unless you're in a very isolated, remote area.

"Having that training is required in certain workplaces.”

Along with first aid and LVR, Kingaroy Home Aids and First Aid Training also offer training on a range of different safety scenarios.

This includes emergency first aid for education settings, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, conducting manual tasks safely, undertaking manual handling, fire extinguishing and a course in safe handling of sharps and infectious waste.

Mrs Ivins said even if someone is not currently working, they can still see benefits in learning first aid.

"I've had a lovely elderly couple in a course just a week ago, and it purely was for their own reference, because they're going to do a bit of grey nomad travelling,” she said.

"They felt that they needed something to help themselves in case of an emergency.

"People can come in from any age, with many public courses taking place every month, and flexible times to suit workplace hours for private courses.”

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