It is your moral and legal obligation as an event organizer to ensure the safety of your contractors, staff, and attendees. While planning large events usually involves more risk assessment and management, small events require certain measures for protecting the well-being of event-goers and your team. Here is what you should know to prepare for emergencies and meet your legal obligation:
What Is Duty of Care?
Duty of care refers to the legal or moral obligation you have to ensure the well-being and safety of others. When hosting or planning an event, it is your legal obligation to safeguard both event staff and attendees from foreseeable harm. This means identifying possible dangers and preventing injury. If you don’t fulfill this duty, you’re likely to face legal action.
Preparing for an Emergency
The steps that should be taken in preparation for an emergency will depend on the nature and size of the event. Still, you should always start by coming up with a comprehensive emergency procedure plan. Key considerations would include the unavailability of critical staff members, the weather, a potential fire outbreak, and emergency evacuation procedure. It is always advisable to contact local police, fire, rescue, and ambulance services to discuss and develop your plan further with their assistance.
Essential Medical Equipment
You will never come across a single list of medical supplies needed for all events.It will verify on the type of event you host, for example, a ventriloquist event will be different from a sporting event. Still, you will likely require first aid supplies for treating injuries, which may include:
I. Fire Blankets
A fire blanket is an incombustible device that offers a quick and simple solution to combat the outbreak of fire instantly. The fire blanket puts the fire out and stops the burn progression. It simultaneously reduces pain by cooling the skin and protects against airborne contamination. The WaterJel Fire Blanket is an excellent example of a fire blanket.
II. Fire Extinguishers
A fire extinguisher is an active fire protection device, used for controlling small fires. There are 8 types of fire extinguishers, which is why you should consult your local fire department to make sure you buy the right type. A good example of a fire extinguisher is the Steroplast 600g which can be used for extinguishing electrical fires.
III. Burn Response Kits
Burn response kits are specialized first aid kits used for treating burn victims. The BurnShield Responder Kit provides the essentials for treating somebody that has suffered burn injuries, including dressing and gel for soothing the skin and preventing further trauma.
The WaterJel Catering Burn Kit is used to treat burn injuries in commercial kitchens. In the kit, you will find dressings that help to cool the skin, stop burn progression, and protect against airborne contamination.
IV. First Aid Kits
First aid kits are available in a variety of capacities, which means that some will be more suitable for your event than others. In the Fast Response First Aid Kit, you will find an exhaustive range of comprehensive first aid products, which include cleaning wipes, various dressings, gloves, eye wash, and forceps.
V. First Aid Furniture
If you are hosting a large event, you may have to set up a first aid tent or room. The Safety First Aid Standard, First Aid Room Furniture Package contains the equipment required to set up a dedicated first aid area. It includes a 3-tier trolley, a couch, a blanket, a guidance poster, a pedal bin, a workstation, and a pillow.
A defibrillator gives a high-energy electric shock to the heart via the chest wall and can be used for saving the life of a person in cardiac arrest.