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Employers' legal duties

The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. These Regulations apply to all workplaces including those with less than five employees and to the self-employed.

In the event of injury or sudden illness, failure to provide first aid could result in a casualty’s death. The employer should ensure that an employee who is injured or taken ill at work receives immediate attention.

First Aid Needs Assessment

All employers must carry out a First Aid needs assessment and should consider the following:

  • The nature of work; workplace hazards and risks
  • The size of the organisation
  • The nature of the workforce
  • The organisation's history of accidents and illness
  • The needs of travelling, remote and lone workers
  • Work patterns such as shifts
  • The distribution of the workforce
  • The remoteness of the site from emergency medical services
  • Employees working on shared or multi-occupied sites
  • Annual leave and other absences of first aiders
  • First aid provision for non-employees

To aid your assessment we have produced an information sheet and some examples.

Who should I choose as a First Aider?

The person best suited to be a First Aider will often volunteer, however, they must have:

  • Good reliability, disposition and communication skills
  • An aptitude and ability to absorb new skills and knowledge
  • An ability to cope with stressful and physically demanding emergency procedures
  • Normal duties in the workplace that can be left to respond immediately to an emergency
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