First Aid at Work

Many people in the office suffer from injuries or may fall sick. No matter whether the injury or disease is triggered either by the job they perform or otherwise, immediate attention must be given. In addition a rescue team must be called  in case of a  serious situation. It is very important that plans are made to ensure this happens. Not only will this save lives but will also prevent small injuries from turning into major ones.

Basic Necessity

The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Rules 1981 need you to supply appropriate and also ideal first-aid devices, centers and even people so your employees can be given immediate aid if they are injured or ill at the workplace. The minimum first-aid provision on any  is:

  • an appropriately equipped first-aid package designated individual to take charge of first-aid arrangements details for workers about first-aid setups

It is necessary to remember that illnesses or accidents can occur at any time. First aid provisions need to be available at all times.

Assessment of First Aid Needs

Some work environments with low-level risks might require just the minimum provision for first aid. However, there are situations and also variables that will undoubtedly mean you require higher provision. Hence, you must make a decision on the requirement you need.

First Aid Box

There is no particular list of products to put in the first-aid box. However, where work tasks include low-level risks, minimal supply of first-aid products would certainly be:

  • A brochure providing necessary information on first aid
  • Twenty separately wrapped clean and sterile plasters (of various dimensions), suitable to the kind of job (you can offer hypoallergenic plasters if needed)
  • Six medium-sized, individually wrapped, clean and sanitary, unmedicated injury dressings.
  • A minimum of three pairs of non-reusable gloves.
  • Two sterilised eye pads.
  • Four separately covered triangular bandages, ideally clean and sterile.
  • Six safety pins.
  • Two large, independently covered, clean and hygienic, unmedicated injury dressings

Please note: This is a recommended contents list only.

The items of any first-aid box should reflect the outcome of your first-aid needs assessment. Also, tablets and medicines should not be kept in the first-aid box.

Appointed Person

It is essential to select somebody to take charge of first-aid services. Even in a small organisation where hazards are low, first-aiders are are very essential. There is always the possibility that a mishap or unexpected illness may take place. It is therefore essential that there is continuously a person available to bear the cost of these plans.

The duty of this selected individual is looking after first-aid equipment and centres as well as calling the emergency services when needed. They can also provide emergency cover when a first-aider is missing due to unanticipated scenarios. However, the appointed individual does not need first-aid training. Such a person is not required when there is an adequate number of appropriately educated first-aiders.


A first-aider is a person that has done training appropriate to the degree recognised in the requirements assessment. This might be first aid at work (FAW) or emergency first aid at work (EFAW). However, it could also be some other first-aid training appropriate to the particular situations of your work environment.

The findings of your first-aid needs analysis will show whether first-aiders must learn first aid at work, emergency first aid at work , or some other ideal training level.

Emergency first aid at work training allows a first-aider to give emergency first aid to an individual in case he  is hurt or becomes unwell while at work.Other ideal levels of training might have specialist or added content relevant to your particular circumstances. Which is why it is suggested that your first-aiders carry out yearly refresher training.

Selection Of A Competent Training Provider

First-aid training is offered from a wide range of training companies. These include:

  • Companies providing across the country recognised certifications in First Aid at Work and Emergency First Aid at Work;
  • the volunteer help cultures (St John Ambulance British Red Cross and St Andrew’s First Aid);
  • those operating under voluntary certification schemes;those who operate separately.

As a company, you will need to make sure that you have chosen an appropriate training company. In addition, you will require to check that they fulfill the requirements in a variety of areas. All training companies should be prepared to demonstrate that they are qualified to supply first-aid training and have certified instructors. Also, teach specific program material in the right way and have the required quality assurance systems in place.

Number of Appointed Persons or First-aiders

There are no particular rules on exact numbers. It will depend upon the conditions of your work environment. You must assess your first-aid needs in relation to your particular circumstances.

Information for Employees

You need to notify your workers of the arrangements you have implemented for first aid. Putting up notifications informing personnel who and where the first-aiders or designated individuals are, in addition to where the first-aid box is, will typically be enough. You will need to make arrangements to provide first-aid details to staff members with language or reading troubles.

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