RT Training are willing to provide free telephone advice for companies wishing to carry out a first aid needs assessment; we also offer free on-site visits to companies with 150+ employees.
HSE guidelines state that 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. This assessment should consider the circumstances of your workplace, workforce and the hazards and risks that may be present. The findings will help you decide what first-aid arrangements you need to put in place.
In assessing your first-aid needs, you should consider:
- the nature of the work you do
- workplace hazards and risks (including specific hazards requiring special arrangements)
- 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).
For instance, workplace environments may need specific requirements or may have to cater to several different environments – i.e. office and warehouse etc. A risk assessment will have to be carried out for each location.
HSE has published further guidance on all the factors above that will help you carry out your first-aid needs assessment.
If you would like any further advice, RT Training is to provide free telephone advice to companies wishing to carry out a first aid needs assessment; we also offer free on-site visits to companies with 150+ employees.
If you wish to receive advice or an on-site visit please fill out our form below or call 03333 44 2176
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