First Aid at Work Regulations for Employers

The First Aid at Work Regulations were introduced in 1981 and they place certain legal requirements onto employers.

Regulation 3 specifically sets out the provisions an employer needs to put in place to manage their first aid requirements and meet the regulation.

As an employer you are legally required to:

Conduct a First Aid Needs Assessment, this will take into consideration:

  • The nature of the work and workplace hazards and risks.
  • The nature of the workforce.
  • The organisation’s history of accidents.
  • The size of the organisation.
  • The needs of travelling, remote and lone workers.
  • Work patterns.
  • The distribution of the workforce.
  • The remoteness of the site from the emergency medical services.
  • Employees working on shared or multi-occupies sites.
  • Annual leave and other absences of first aiders and appointed persons.
  • First-aid provision for non-employees.

Supply adequate First-aid materials, equipment and facilities, for example:

  • The provision of first aid equipment (first aid box).
  • If mains tap water is not readily available for eye irrigation, at least one litre of sterile water or sterile normal saline (0.9% w\v) in sealed, disposable containers should be provided.
  • Where identified through the need’s assessment automated external defibrillators.
  • Consider travelling first-aid kits for mobile workers.

The provision of First-aid Personnel: 

  • Where the first-aid assessment identifies a need for people to be available for rendering first aid, the employer should ensure that they are provided in enough numbers and at appropriate locations.

The Provision of First-aid Training: 

  • Provide employees with the appropriate level of training in line with their need’s assessment, this may be the 3-day First Aid at Work (FAW) course or the 1-day Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) course.
  • Select a training provider that uses training material, and teach the first-aid management of injuries and illness as covered in the FAW/EFAW training courses in accordance with current guidelines published by the Resuscitation Council (UK) and the current edition of the first aid manual of the Voluntary Aid Societies (St John Ambulance, British Red Cross, St Andrew’s First Aid): or other published guidelines, provide they are in line with the two above or supported by a responsible body of medical opinion.

Information taken from HSE’s Guidance document L74 (third edition) First Aid at Work – The Health and Safety (First – Aid) Regulations 1981,

The above may seem like allot to deal with and for some companies it can be difficult to fully understand their first-aid requirement needs.

This is where GA Safety Solutions can help, and we can carry out a full first-aid needs assessment on your business and provide guidance on the appropriate number of first aiders required and what level of training they would need, this service is offered free of charge.

GA Safety Solutions already provide this service to companies throughout Scotland and we have partnerships in place with several companies in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire and Glasgow. 

We also provide all levels of First Aid Training and can either provide certified courses to Qfqual accreditation or in-house training.

Our syllabus of First Aid training courses also extends to First Aid for Mental Health, Mini Medics which is an excellent interactive course for children and paediatric first aid.

For further details please don’t hesitate to get in touch – 01698 451


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