First Aid at Work

The First Aid at Work course is the HSE standard first aid course. There is a requirement on employers to provide adequately trained first aid staff to deal with first aid emergencies in the workplace. – information from http://www.hse.gov.uk/contact/faqs/firstaid.htm

Recent changes int eh regulation of first aid trainer means that the HSE no longer provides oversight of training organisations.  That makes it even more important to choose your organisation carefully.  Northern Lights Training uses syllabus and exam material provided by ITC first aid, who have been Ofqual assessed as an awarding body.  for more details on this please do get in touch.

Our courses are designed to make you effective first aiders, and that doesn’t happen by sitting in a chair having the manual read to you.  our trainers use interactive practical scenarios and teaching techniques to make sure that the correct emphasis is on you doing the first aid, rather than us talking about it.  We have terrific feedback from our trainees about how positive they found the whole experience.

The relevant regulations are the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981. This guidance to the regulations sets out the difference between a ‘first aider’ and an ‘appointed person’: In any company, the number and type of first aid personnel would be based on an assessment. In assessing need, employers need to consider:

  • workplace hazards and risks;
  • the size of the organisation;
  • the organisation’s history of accidents;
  • the nature and distribution of the workforce;
  • the remoteness of the site from emergency medical services;
  • the needs of travelling, remote and lone workers;
  • employees working on shared or multi-occupied sites;
  • annual leave and other absences of first aiders and appointed persons.

Whilst the regulations do not give specific personnel numbers, the guidance does give suggested numbers of first aid personnel:

Category of risk Numbers employed at any location Suggested number of first-aid personnel
Lower risk e.g. shops, offices, libraries Fewer than 50
At least one appointed person
Fewer than 50 At least one appointed person

50 – 100 At least one first aider

More than 100 One additional first aider for every 100 employed
Medium risk e.g. light engineering and assembly work,
food processing, warehousing Fewer than 20 At least one appointed person
Fewer than 20 At least one appointed person

20-100 At least one first aider for every 50 employed (or part
thereof)

More than 100 One additional first aider for every 100 employed
Higher risk e.g. construction, slaughterhouses, chemical
manufacture, extensive work with dangerous machinery or sharp instruments
Fewer than five At least one appointed person
Fewer than 5 At least one appointed person

5-50 At least one first aider

More than 50 One additional first aider for every 50 employed

The details above are suggestions only – they are not definitive nor are they a legal requirement. It is for you to assess your first-aid needs in the light of your particular circumstances.

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