Information for employers, employees and 1st aiders on first aid at work.
As a minimum, a low-risk workplace such as a small office should have a first-aid box and a person appointed to take charge of first-aid arrangements, such as calling the emergency services if necessary. Employers must provide information about first-aid arrangements to their employees.
Workplaces where there are more significant health and safety risks are more likely to need trained first-aiders. A first-aid risk assessment will help employers decide what first aid arrangements are appropriate for their workplace.
An employer will need to complete a risk assessment of their first-aid needs to establish what provision for first aid is required. This will depend upon the workplace, taking into account, among other things, the number of employees, size, location and work activity.
The findings of your first-aid risk assessment may identify that trained first aiders are required. There are no hard and fast rules on exact numbers of trained first aiders you will require, and you will need to take into account all the relevant circumstances of your particular workplace.
Training is available from us as we offer regulated qualifications as training providers we are able to demonstrate we satisfy the criteria set by HSE, the Health and Safety at Work Act clearly places a duty on the employer to select a competent training provider.
A first-aider is someone who has undertaken training appropriate to the circumstances. They must hold a valid certificate of competence in either:
Employers can use the findings of their first-aid risk assessment to decide the appropriate level to which first-aiders should be trained.
To help keep their basic skills up to date, it is strongly recommended that first-aiders undertake annual refresher training with a 3 year requalification.
Certificates for the purposes of first aid at work last for three years. Before their certificates expire, first-aiders will need to undertake a requalification course as appropriate, to obtain another three-year certificate. Once certificates have expired the first aider is no longer considered to be competent to act as a workplace first aider.
Can legal action be taken against first-aiders?
It is very unlikely that any action would be taken against a first-aider who was using the first-aid training they have received.