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Do I need a qualified first aider in my workplace?

posted 9 Jan 2014, 01:26 by Unknown user   [ updated 9 Jan 2014, 01:27 ]
The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 require you to provide adequate and appropriate first aid equipment, facilities and people so your employees can be given immediate help if they are injured or taken ill at work.

The HSE’s new guidance for workplace first aid provision asks employers to consider the following when assessing the companies first aid needs:
  • The nature of the work and hazards and/or risks
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  • The number of people employed at the site
  • The number of inexperienced workers
  • Employees with disabilities or particular health problems
  • Employees with the characteristics of groups at higher risk from health conditions
  • Previous accidents or records of ill health
  • Recurring injuries or illnesses
  • Employees who travel a lot, work remotely or alone
  • Employee shift patterns or out of hours work
  • The layout of the workplace
  • The proximity of the workplace to emergency services
  • First aider absences (eg. through sickness or annual leave) and provision of cover.
  • Access to your site by non-employees (eg. visiting members of the public)
It is important that a regular review of your first aid needs is an integral part of your main risk assessment under The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981. A first aid assessment every 12 months is an essential part of your duty of care for staff in the workplace. In addition, you should also review your first aid needs assessment if any of the following occurs:
  • An accident at work or an illness caused by work
  • Changes in work patterns or processes
  • Changes in personnel
  • Changes to the workplace (eg. a move to a different site or changes to equipment).
Stansted Environmental Services run regular First Aid Training courses from our offices in Takeley, Essex. However, we are able to come to your premises to run on-site training if required.

To discuss your First Aid needs please call 01279 873380 or email

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