One of the major considerations for an employer once they have carried out their assessment is if they need a first aider or an appointed person and if so, who it should be.

If an assessment indicates that a specified first-aider is unnecessary, then the minimum requirement of companies is to appoint a person to take charge of first-aid arrangements.

The appointed person needs to maintain first-aid equipment and facilities, as well as calling the emergency services whenever they may be required to.

On top of this, they can also provide emergency cover, provided it isn't out of their technical reach, whenever a first-aider may be absent with illness or other unforeseen circumstances.

We'll come onto technical training requirements shortly but when it comes to personal qualities, whoever is in charge of first aid or is an appointed person needs to be pro-active, enthusiastic and sensible to make the role a success.

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