As an employer, you must make sure employees get instant help if they have been injured at work or are taken ill. The law applies to every everyone.
You must have:
- A first aid kit that is complete
- An appointed person to take charge of first aid.
- Information for employees informing them about first aid arrangements
Check your first aid needs
What adequate first aid arrangements are depends on the work you do and the location. As an employer, you should assess what your first aid requirements are.
- The type of the work
- Any hazards and the likely risk of them causing injury
- The size of your team
- Any accident history
- Holiday of employers who will be first aiders
- The needs of travelling or remote workers
- Proximity to emergency medical services
- First aid for members of the public
Appoint someone to be in control of first aid
An appointed person is someone who is in charge of your first aid arrangements. This includes looking after the facilities and equipment and calling the emergency services if required. You can have more than one appointed person. An appointed person must always be available.
What a first aid kit should contain
The contents of your first aid kit should be based on your first aid needs assessment. As an absolute minimum, your first aid kit should contain:
- A leaflet with general guidance on first aid
- Individually wrapped plasters of assorted sizes
- Sterile eye pads
- Safety pins
- Triangular bandages, preferably sterile
- Disposable gloves
Maintaining the contents of a first aid kit
You must check your kit regularly. Most items have an expiry dates. Replace expired items and dispose of them safely.
First aiders and training
You may decide that you require someone trained in first aid. This makes them a “first aider”. There are no rules on how many trained first aiders you can have. It depends entirely on the nature of your work and its location.
First aiders can be trained by Eastern Region Training:
- Emergency first aid at work (EFAW) – at this level they’re qualified to give emergency first aid to someone who is injured or becomes ill while at work
- First aid at work (FAW) – qualified to EFAW level but can also apply first aid to a range of specific injuries and illnesses