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First Aid

First Aid, put simply, is the immediate action taken in an emergency. It can stop a condition from worsening, encourage recovery and even save a life. It is an invaluable aspect of any working environment or indeed any life situation where an accident or sudden illness can occur.

First Aid in the Workplace

The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to enable first aid to be given to employees if they are injured or become ill at work.

The minimum first aid provision in any workplace is:

  • Having a first-aid box containing the right equipment
  • Having a person appointed to oversee first aid provision

Remember this applies to all workplaces including those with five or fewer employees, and to the self-employed.

It is important that employers have made arrangements to ensure that, if necessary, staff can receive immediate First Aid in the workplace. This includes providing the right equipment and staff to monitor supplies of this equipment. Having competent First Aiders in the workplace can lessen the threat of any dangerous situation and literally mean the difference between life and death.

Remember that accidents can happen at any time and so first aid provision needs to be available at all times.

Appointed Person

An Appointed Person is the person who is assigned to take charge of First Aid. This means taking control when someone is ill or injured, including calling 999. They are responsible for First Aid equipment and keeping boxes stocked up. An Appointed Person should be available at all times, so it may be necessary to appoint more than one to cover the workplace fully.

Ouch Training Team offers Emergency First Aid at Work Courses to help the delegate learn about their role and become trained in important life saving skills and techniques that can help to increase their effectiveness in an emergency. Appointed Persons should not attempt to give First Aid for which they have not been trained.

First Aider

A First Aider is a person who has successfully attended a 4 Day First Aid At Work training course and who holds a current First Aid at Work certificate. This training can be obtained from Ouch Training Team as we are an HSE Approved organisation. (Certificate No: 113/00). More than one First Aider may be needed but a First Aider can undertake the duties of an Appointed Person. Remember as your business grows you may need to reassess the number of First Aiders required.

What First Aid training do you need?

Look at the list below to see whether you need more than the minimum First Aid provision (i.e. a first aid box and someone to maintain this box)

  • If you have 5 or more employees you need to make an assessment of significant risks in your workplace.
    If there are significant risks then First Aiders may be needed
  • Are there any specific risks, for example: dangerous equipment, hazardous substances?
    You will need to consider specific training for First Aiders and possibly extra First Aid equipment placed in the right position.
  • What patterns can be shown by the records of accidents and illness?
    This may affect where First Aiders and equipment are located and what type of First Aid equipment you have.
  • How many people are working on-site?
    This can affect whether or not First Aiders are needed and if so how many should be available on-site.
  • Does anyone who works on site have a disability or health problem?
    You may need more qualified First Aiders or special equipment sited in the correct place.
  • Does the organisation have a number of sites or numerous floors?
    You will need to consider provision in each building or on several of the floors.
  • Do employees do shifts or out-of-hours working?
    Remember First Aid facilities need to be available all the time when people are at work.
  • Is the workplace some distance away from emergency medical services?
    Medical services will need to be informed of your location and you may need to make special arrangements with the emergency services.
  • Do some of your employees travel extensively or work on their own?
    Personal First Aid kits and mobile phones may need to be issued.
  • Do any employees work at sites shared by other employers?
    You will need to discuss provision with the other employers.
  • Do you have any trainees on work experience?
    They will still need to be protected by your First Aiders and/or equipment.
  • Do members of the public visit the premises?
    You have no legal responsibilities for the public regarding First Aid but the HSE recommends that you include them in your First Aid provision.

How many First Aiders or Appointed Persons do I need?

The number of First Aiders and Appointed Persons required depends on the workplace. The following table may help when deciding on the risks in your organisation and the relevant number of First Aid personnel required. The information in the table is not a legal requirement but illustrates suggestions offered by the HSE to help you decide:

Category of Risk Numbers employed at any one location Suggested Number of First Aid Personnel
Lower Risk fewer than 50
more than 100
at least one Appointed Person
at least one First Aider
one additional First Aider for every 100 employed
Medium Risk fewer than 20
more than 100
at least one Appointed Person
at least one First Aider for every 50 employed
one additional First Aider for every 100 employed
Higher Risk fewer than 5
more than 5
at least one Appointed Person
at least one First Aider
one additional First Aider for every 50 employed

Informing Employees

It is vital that everyone in the building knows where the first aid equipment is located and who is first aid trained. This can be advertised by displaying easy to understand first aid notices in effective locations. New staff should be informed of first aid procedures during induction training and remember to make special arrangements for those who have reading or language difficulties.

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