First Aid Requirements

The First Aid at Work Guidelines for Employers from the Health and Safety Executive are effective from 1st October 2009.  The new type of first aid needs assessment will identify what type of first aid training your first-aiders will need, how many first-aiders you need and where they should be located.

The HSE First Aid at Work guidance can be viewed by following this link: First aid at work

A First Aid Needs Assessment should consider the following topics:

    • The nature of the work, the hazards and the risks
    • 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 shift work
    • 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
    • The size of the organisation

One reason for this exercise is to ensure that you provide the correct type of first-aider(s). There are now two levels of workplace first-aider:

You should ensure that your first-aiders are trained to deal with the injuries and illness that could occur.

Follow this HSE link to help you make a First Aid needs assessment