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first aid legislation

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Anyone may give First Aid treatment to the sick or injured in the home or on the street. This may be due to the fact that they are trained or because they are the first person on the scene. First Aid within the workplace is governed by legislation

As an employer it is important to have an understanding of how various acts and regulations affect the provision of First Aid and the responsibilities placed upon not only yourself but also your nominated First Aiders.

Health & Safety Acts and Regulations

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 View and Expand

The HSAW Act 1974 requires employers to ensure, so far is as reasonably practical, the health, safety and welfare at work of all their employees. This also extends to non-employees such as outside contractors and members of the public.

The Management of the Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 View and Expand

This regulation requires employers to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to health and safety to all their employees. Information gathered from this risk assessment can help the employer to carry out the assessment for their First Aid needs.

The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 View and Expand

Employers’ Duties - Legal duties
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. Detailed information can be found in the Approved Code of Practice and Guidance: First aid at work.

The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 L74 View and Expand

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.

The Regulations do not place a legal obligation on employers to make first aid provision for non-employees such as the public or children in schools]. However, HSE strongly recommends that non-employees are included in a first aid needs assessment and that provision is made for them.

Assessment of first aid needs View and Expand

Employers are required to carry out an assessment of first aid needs. This involves consideration of workplace hazards and risks, the size of the organisation and other relevant factors, to determine what first aid equipment, facilities and personnel should be provided

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Application of the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 to self-employed workers View and Expand

If you are self-employed, you are required to ensure you have adequate equipment to provide first aid to yourself while at work.
You must make an assessment of the hazards and risks in your workplace and establish an appropriate level of first aid provision. What this means in practice is that if you work in a low hazard activity, eg clerical work at home, a normal domestic first aid box would be adequate. If your work involves driving long distances or you are continuously on the road, the assessment may identify the need to keep a personal first aid kit in your vehicle.
Many self-employed people work on mixed premises with other self-employed or with employed workers. Although you are legally responsible for your own first aid provision, it is sensible to make joint arrangements with the other occupiers and self-employed on the premises. This would generally mean that one employer would take responsibility for first aid cover for all workers on the premises. HSE recommends there is a written agreement for any such arrangement

We understand that a lot of this informaiton can seem overwhelming, that’s why we are always on hand to help out should need a question answering.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for advice regarding legislation

We can come to you and give you full advice on what First Aid requirements you may need

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