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First Aid At Work

06/08/2014

First Aid at Work – Assessing Your Needs

There are no set rules on the number of first aiders and the amount of first aid kits a workplace should have. This is dependent on several factors including the number of employees in the workplace and the risk of injury and ill health in the workplace.

It is essential that you carry out an assessment of the first aid needs of your workplace as you the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require all employers to ensure that adequate equipment, facilities and personnel are provided to enable for first aid to be given.

What Do I Need To Consider?

There are a range of things that all employers must consider when assessing their first aid needs. These include:

  • The risk of injury and ill health in the workplace
  • Specific risks in the workplace e.g. working with hazardous substances
  • Varying levels of risk in different areas of the workplace
  • Previous accident and ill health history
  • Number of employees on site
  • Inexperienced workers, employees with disabilities or special health problems
  • The number of buildings or floors of the work premises
  • Is there shift work or out of hours work?
  • Location of workplace to emergency medical services
  • Are there employees that travel a lot or work from home
  • Do your employees work on sites occupied by other employers
  • Are there work experience trainees on site
  • Do members of the public visit your workplace?

Only once all these aspects have been considered can an assessment be made on the first aid requirements for your workplace.

It is recommended that someone is able to undertake First Aid duties at all times when people are at work.

The table below provides a guideline to the number of first aiders for a workplace. This however is only a guideline and will be affected by the individual factors of each workplace.

Lower risk
eg. shops, offices, libraries

Employed

Suggested number of first aid personnel

Up to 50

At least one appointed person

50 to 100

At least one first aider

Over 100

One additional first aider for every 100 employed

Medium risk
eg. light engineering, assembly work, food processing, warehousing

Employed

Suggested number of first aid personnel

Up to 20

At least one appointed person

20 to 100

At least one first aider for every 50 employed

Over 100

One additional first aider for every 50 employed

Higher risk
eg. construction, chemical manufacture, dangerous machinery, sharp instruments

Employed

Suggested number of first aid personnel

Up to 5

At least one appointed person

5 to 50

At least one first aider for every 50 employed

Over 100

One additional first aider for every 50 employed

       

First Aid Kits

As with the number of first aiders there is no definitive rule on the number and the contents of first aid kits.

It is important that there are enough first aid kits available so that one is easily accessible at all times. The number required will depend on the number of employees, the risk in the workplace and the workplace itself.

If your workplace does not have a large number of employees but has several buildings occupied by employees then more first aid kits will be required in order to ensure that a kit is always accessible.

The contents of the kits are also not standard for every workplace. The contents that you require will depend on the specific risks in your workplace. For example a first aid kit in a restaurant kitchen will need to contain specific contents for catering environments.

Safety First Aid

Safety First Aid are supplies of a wide range of first aid kits and first aid supplies to ensure that your workplace has all the first aid equipment that it requires.

We have first aid kits designed for specific environments as well as a comprehensive range of dressings & wound care and eye & burn care products.

We are also providers of first aid training through our training division, Safety First Aid Training so you can ensure all of your workplace first aid need are met.

The information provided in this article is for guidance only and should not be used in place of a full assessment of you workplace and requirements.

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