First Aid At Work Regulations

First Aid at Work Regulations

It is an employers legal duty to ensure that if a member of staff takes ill or is injured at work, immediate care and attention is provided.

The Health and Safety First Aid Regulations 1981, as amended in 2013, detail the responsibilities and provisions that employers have regarding first aid in the workplace.

Needs Assessment

Employers should carry out a first aid needs assessment taking into account potential hazards and risks within the workplace. The following points should be considered when conducting a first aid needs assessment: 

  • The nature of the work, workplace hazards and risks. 
  • The nature of the workforce. 
  • The organisation’s history of accidents. 
  • The size of the organisation. 
  • The needs of travelling, remote and lone workers. 
  • Work patterns. 
  • The distribution of the workforce. 
  • The remoteness of the site from emergency medical services. 
  • Employees working in shared or multi-occupied sites. 
  • Annual leave and other absences of First Aiders and appointed persons. 
  • First aid provision for non-employees. 
  • Mental health of employees. 

St Andrew’s First Aid is cited as a standard setter in first aid by the HSE. By training with us you are ensuring that your First Aiders are trained to the highest standard.

You can visit the HSE website for more information on First Aid at Work legislation.

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