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First Aid Guidance

First Aid in the Workplace

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) have a whole section of their web-site dedicated to First Aid: http://www.hse.gov.uk/firstaid/

HSE are clear that they expect you, as an employer, are best placed to understand the exact nature of your workplace and decide what you need to provide.  First aid provision must be ‘adequate and appropriate in the circumstances’. This means that you must provide sufficient first aid equipment (first aid kit), facilities and personnel at all times.

In order to decide what provision you need to make you should undertake a first-aid needs assessment.

In assessing your first-aid needs, you should consider:

  • the nature of the work you do
  • workplace hazards and risks
  • the nature and size of your workforce
  • the work patterns of your staff
  • holiday and other absences of those who will be first-aiders and appointed persons
  • your organisation’s history of accidents

You may also need to consider:

  • the needs of travelling, remote and lone workers
  • the distribution of your workforce
  • the remoteness of any of your sites from emergency medical services
  • whether your employees work on shared or multi-occupancy sites
  • first-aid provision for non-employees (eg members of the public).

There is full guidance on the Health & Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 available here

First Aid in Schools

The Department for Education has produced guidance for:

  • governing bodies
  • school leaders
  • school staff

It relates to:

  • maintained schools
  • academies and free schools
  • independent schools

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/first-aid-in-schools