The Health and Safety First Aid Regulations 1981

These regulations require all employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to enable first aid to be given to employees and others if they are injured or become ill at work.

First aid is the immediate treatment administered when any person suffers an injury or becomes ill at work. The minimum first aid provision at any workplace includes:

® a suitably stocked first aid box placed in a precise, easily accessible and clearly labelled site

® an appointed person to take charge of first aid arrangements.

First aid provision must be available at all times to people at work. It may therefore be necessary to train more than one person to be in charge.

The duties of the appointed first aid person will include:

® taking charge and administering appropriate treatment (providing that they have been trained to do so) when someone is injured or falls ill

® calling an ambulance if required, depending on the seriousness of the injury

® taking responsibility for the contents of the first aid box and restocking as required.

The designated first aid person must have received training in administering first aid and hold a current first aid certificate.

Appointed persons should not give first aid for which they have not been trained. Short emergency first aid training courses are available. This training must have the approval of the HSE.

Figure 1.1 First aid box.

All employees must be informed of the first aid arrangements. Notices situated in clearly visible places must inform them of who and where the appointed first aid persons are, and where the first aid box is located.

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