Workplace First Aid Provision

The first aid responsibilities for business owners and employers is a subject I’m often asked about, so let’s look at the necessary requirements.

The three main requirements that need to be in place are as follows:

· There is an adequate number of First Aiders and Emergency First Aiders in place.

· Appropriate equipment, kits and facilities are available.

· A system is in place for incident and accident reporting.

A risk assessment must be conducted to identify the level of provision needed for the business. New guidance on the regulations for employers was introduced in October 2013 (L74 – Third edition), and can be found on the HSE website First aid at work – The Health and safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 (

It provides guidance on:

· Managing the provision of First Aid (first aid kits, equipment, rooms, etc.)

· Requirements and training for First Aider’s

· Requirements for appointed persons

· Making employees aware of First Aid arrangements

· First Aid and the self-employed

· Cases where First Aid regulations do not apply

Considerations that employers need to take into account could include:

· Inexperienced workers or employees with disabilities or particular health problems

· Employees who travel a lot, work remotely or work alone

· Employees who work shifts or out of hours

· Premises spread out across buildings/floors

· Workplace remote from emergency medical services

· Employees working at sites occupied by other employers

· Planned and unplanned absences of First Aiders

· Members of the public who visit the workplace

The following HSE table acts as a guide to ensure that you have sufficient numbers of trained First Aid personnel at your place of work.

Source:, Jan 2023

I teach Ofqual regulated, HSE compliant workplace first aid qualification courses, on-site at workplaces all over Norfolk which include First Aid at Work, Basic Life Support, Emergency First Aid at Work and Paediatric First Aid. I also run a public Emergency First Aid at Work course on a monthly basis. If you’d like to talk about first aid cover or your training requirements, get in touch today.

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