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First Aid at Work - What are employers required to do

The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require you to provide adequate and appropriate first-aid equipment, facilities and people so your employees can be given immediate help if they are injured or taken ill at work.

What is ‘adequate and appropriate’ will depend on the circumstances in your workplace and you should assess what your first-aid needs are.

The minimum first-aid provision on any work site is:

  • a suitably stocked first-aid kit

  • an appointed person to take charge of first-aid arrangements

  • information for employees about first-aid arrangements

It is important to remember that accidents and illness can happen at any time. Provision for first aid needs to be available at all times people are at work.

Some small workplaces with low-level hazards may need only the minimum provision for first aid. But there are circumstances and factors that will mean they need greater provision. Employers are well placed to decide the provision needed.

Where your assessment of first-aid needs identifies that a trained first-aider is not required in your workplace, you should appoint someone to take charge of first-aid arrangements. This is the minimum requirement.

A first-aider is someone who has done training appropriate to the level identified in the needs assessment. This may be:

  • first aid at work (FAW) or

  • emergency first aid at work (EFAW) or

  • some other first-aid training appropriate to the particular circumstances of your workplace.

If you are unsure about first aid provision at work, please read the HSE booklet to find out more:

If you require First Aid Training, we run QNUK Accredited courses every month, including:

First Aid at Work (3 days)

First Aid at Work Re-qualification (2 days)

Emergency First Aid at Work (1 day)

To book a course, or for more information:

01782 438813

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