First aid

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The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) have issued comprehensive first aid advice. The advice is aimed at employers in small and medium-sized enterprises, but may be useful to all employers, managers and others involved in fist aid.

The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require all places of work 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.

What is adequate and appropriate will depend on the circumstances of your workplace. The minimum first-aid provision on any work site is:

  • a suitably stocked first-aid box;
  • an appointed person to take charge of first-aid arrangements.

It is also important to remember that accidents can happen at any time. First-aid provision needs to be available at all times people are at work.

Suggested numbers of first-aid personnel.

Lower risk premises e.g. shops and offices, libraries

  • Fewer than 50 staff - at least one appointed person
  • 50-100 staff - at least one first aider
  • More than 100 staff - one additional first aider for every 100 employed

Medium risk premises e.g. light engineering and assembly work, food processing, warehousing

  • Fewer than 20 staff - at least one appointed person
  • 20-100 staff - at least one first aider for every 50 employed (or part thereof)
  • More than 100 staff - one additional first aider for every 100 employed

Higher risk premises e.g. most construction, slaughter houses, chemical manufacture, extensive work with dangerous machinery or sharp instruments

  • Fewer than five staff - at least one appointed person
  • 5-50 staff - at least one first aider
  • More than 50 staff - one additional first aider for every 50 employed

Further Information

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