The three main ways we alert first aiders on GRAHAM sites to a casualty’s possible underlying symptoms are all PPE related so as long as the site operative is wearing their PPE the First Aid alert should be present.
This system does not take into account the wearing of somebody else’s Hard Hat or High Vis Vest which can happen if the operative forgets their own PPE item that day; it also doesn’t also take into account that when the operative leaves site and takes off their PPE that the alert stays with the PPE and not the person.
The site team on GRAHAM’s Coupland project have decided to trial a new system when it comes to alerting of possible medical issues that may affect any first aid treatment somebody could need – we have introduced 4 colour coded wristbands that cover Diabetic Conditions (Yellow), Coronary Conditions (Red), Lung Conditions (Green) and Blood Conditions (Blue).
All operatives are asked in the site induction if they have any medical conditions that our first aiders need to know about, the condition is then printed onto the wristband in the relevant colour, so somebody with Asthma will be given a green wristband. There is a poster campaign currently running on site to publicise the campaign and the reaction has been positive.
The wristbands are similar to those that have been used by charities for quite some time and the wristband stays with the individual when they leave work and before they arrive so if they are in a position outside work where first aid may be required, then if the first aider does the correct checks the wristband will be found, meaning we have looked after the operative’s health and well-being beyond the site gate.