How many first aiders should I have trained for my organisation?
For organisations to have adequately trained first aid personnel is a legal requirement. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) regulations require all employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to enable first aid to be given to employees and visitors if they are injured or become ill in the workplace. Adequacy and appropriateness will be guided by the circumstances in your particular environment and it is the responsibilty of a competent person to assess what the first-aid needs are.
An organisation that considers itself to be low risk should have appropriate first aid equipment (for example an appropriate first aid kit) and an individual who is competent to care for first aid arrangements, like contacting the emergency services if appropriate. Companies have a duty to provide information about first aid arrangements to their workforce. See First aid at work: your questions answered which is a free leaflet published by the Health and Safety Executive.
Companies that deem themselves to have some health and safety risks are more likely to require an employee who has been trained as a first aider in the workplace. The First Aid at Work assessment tool gives employers an idea about what first aid arrangements are appropriate for their individual environment.
The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 Approved Code of Practice and Guidance (L74 second edition) covers the parts of first aid that employers need to have in place. The document clarifies what actions are necessary, and imparts facts that will allow employers to function within the regulations.
The document covers the training requirements for individuals wthin the working environment. It clarifies and gives an understanding about appropriate levels of first aid provision.
Get The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 Approved Code of Practice and Guidance (L74 second edition). (Opens in a new window).
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Are people with disabilities able to become first aiders?
Anyone, whatever their age or ability can learn how to carry out First Aid! It must be kept in mind that the suitability of employees to be first aiders in the workplace should be based on an individual's ability to cope with an emergency situation and ensure the safety of employees, visitors, customers and contractors who may be injured or fall ill in your workplace. The HSE advises that in order to satisfy First Aid at Work requirements the choice of first aiders will depend on a certain factors, including:
How do I get more information about First Aid at Work?
Guidance on how to comply with the Health and Safety (first-aid) Regulations 1981 is available to you in the Health and Safety Commissions First Aid at Work: Approved Code of Practice and Guidance (L74 revised October 2009) ISBN 978 0 7176 6260 9 (also available from HSE Books.)
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