“An employer shall provide or ensure that there are provided such equipment and facilities as are adequate and appropriate in the circumstances for enabling first aid to be rendered to employees if they are injured or become ill at work”.
Currently first aid at work training only covers physical aspects of ill health at work and does not include any training on how to manage mental health problems. This is unfortunate because mental ill health is common and the cause is often related to work.
The best way to train adults is to allow them to experience and gain knowledge through their own efforts rather than by telling them what to do. This is called Experiential Learning. Experiential learning is the process of learning through experience, and is more specifically ‘learning through reflection on doing’. Experiential learning is very different to the way many first aid courses are currently taught, where the student plays a comparatively passive role by just being told by the trainer what to do via ‘Talk and Chalk’ training.
Let's be clear right up front, in the vast majority of workplaces there is no legal requirement for an employer to have defibrillator. Having said that it's getting much more common for employers and many other organisations such as sports clubs etc. to have a defibrillator on their premises.