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With first aid training you could save a life.

People at work can suffer injury or sudden illness. It is important that employers have made arrangements to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work.

The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to enable first aid to be given to employees if they are injured or become ill at work. These Regulations apply to all workplaces including those with five or fewer employees and to the self-employed.

What is adequate will depend on the circumstances in the workplace. This includes whether trained first aiders are needed, what should be included in a first aid box and if a first aid room is needed. Employers should carry out an assessment of first aid needs to determine this.

Hazard Assessment guidelines relating to First Aid

Does your company fall under the following categories?

From 1 st October 2009

  Risk >>>>>becomes>>>>>> Hazard

•  Low Risk = Low Hazard

•  Medium Risk is merged with High Risk >and becomes> Higher Hazard

  • Low Hazard : Shops, Offices, Libraries etc.


After completing your first aid needs assessment you will fall into one of the groups below:

Low hazards

Less than 50 staff = 1 x Appointed Person (An Appointed person F/Aid course is recommended) 50-100 staff = 1x First aider (Emergency First Aid at Work, EFAW) More than 100 = 1 First aider (FAW) per 100 staff or part there of

Higher Hazards

Less than 5 staff = 1 x Appointed Person (An Appointed person F/Aid course is recommend 5-50 Staff = 1 x First Aider (FAW or EFAW) per 50 More than 100 staff = 1 First aider (FAW) per 50 or part there of

  Appointed Person

• Do not need first-aid training – takes care of FA equipment, calls emergence services etc. (always advisable to have trained first aid person on premises)

First Aider

  • Holds a current HSE Emergency First Aid at Work certificate
  • HSE/OFQual accredited approved course

First Aider

  • Holds a current HSE approved First Aid at Work certificate
  • HSE approved course.

Provision must be made for cover for holidays or sickness absence, An EFAW trained First Aider cannot be used to replace an FAW trained First Aider during illness or holiday

We offer a range of First Aid Training Courses and can advise you on your obligations, as well as carry out a Health and Safety Risk Assement. Download the official guidance from the HSE by clicking on this link.

To find out information on any of our courses click on the course name, or click here to contact us.

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