30-05-2014

It's stated in the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 that all employers are obliged to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel within the workplace to protect staff.

This ensures employees are able to receive immediate attention should they get injured or taken ill when at work and it applies to all companies, no matter how big or small.

While the need for first aid is universal, what is deemed adequate and appropriate will vary based on circumstances in the workplace.

Things that could change from workplace to workplace include whether trained first-aiders are needed, what is required in a first-aid box or even if a first-aid room is appropriate.

It is the job of the employer to carry out an assessment of the first-aid needs within their company in order to determine what they should provide.

When it comes to a first aid assessment, companies need to look at what workplace hazards and risks exist and the size of the organisation and other relevant factors.

After looking at this, bosses should then look to determine what sort of first-aid equipment, and how much of it, is needed, as well as what facilities and personnel should be provided.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) offer a free leaflet version of their publication First Aid at Work.

This downloadable booklet contains information on questions such as what is first aid at work, what is emergency first aid at work, what do first-aid regulations require of me, a first-aid box and what it should contain, and lastly what is a first aider.

On top of this, it also comes with a useful checklist that covers all the points employers need to consider when carrying out their assessment.

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