As an employer in the UK, you have a legal obligation to ensure the health and safety of your employees. This includes having appropriate first aid provision in place and you may need to ensure a trained first aider is available.
Legal Requirements for First Aiders
The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 requires employers to provide adequate and appropriate first-aid equipment, facilities, and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work.
The regulations apply to all workplaces, including those with less than five employees. Failure to comply with the regulations can result in fines and legal action.
How do I assess the first aid needs of my organisation?
As an employer, you are responsible for assessing the first aid needs of your organisation. This assessment should take into account the size and location of your workplace, the number of employees, the nature of the work being carried out, and the potential hazards that your employees may be exposed to.
The assessment should determine the number of first aiders you need and the level of training they require.
What are the benefits of having a trained first aider?
Having trained first aiders within your organisation can provide a range of benefits and mitigate occupational risks, including:
- Immediate assistance in the event of an accident or emergency
- Increased safety and wellbeing of employees
- Compliance with legal requirements
- Improved morale and staff retention
- Reduced lost time due to accidents and injuries
What are the responsibilities of a trained first aider?
A trained first aider is responsible for providing immediate assistance in the event of an accident or emergency. This may include administering first aid, calling for emergency services, and ensuring that accurate records are kept of any incidents.
They are also responsible for ensuring that first aid equipment is properly maintained and that it is easily accessible in the event of an emergency.
Finally, they should ensure that their first aid training is kept up to date and that they are familiar with any specific risks and hazards in their workplace.
If you are a UK employer, it is your legal obligation to ensure that adequate and appropriate first aid provision is in place.
Assent can help you carry out an assessment of your first aid needs and determine the level of