Running a bar or pub involves more than just serving drinks and creating a lively atmosphere. Ensuring the safety and well-being of your staff and customers is paramount. Meeting first aid requirements is an essential aspect of this responsibility. You need to take the steps to ensure that your establishment is well-prepared and equipped to handle medical emergencies and injuries.
It’s essential to maintain well-stocked first aid kits in accessible locations throughout your establishment. These kits should contain essentials such as bandages, dressings, antiseptic wipes, adhesive tape, scissors, and more. They should be regularly checked and replenished to ensure that you’re ready for anything that might come up.
Make sure you have enough first aid kits. The right kind of kit will depend upon conducting a risk assessment. You need to identify potential risks and hazards within your bar or pub. Consider factors such as the size of your premises, the number of employees, customer footfall, and the specific activities taking place. This assessment will help you determine the level of first aid provision needed.
Beyond being fully kitted out, you should be familiar with Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981, give your staff first aid training, and promote awareness through signage and a working culture where everyone understands their role. Your commitment to first aid reflects your dedication to your staff and customers’ well-being. This will inevitably contribute to a safe and positive experience in your establishment.