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The first aid at work regulations1981 state that all workplaces must have first aid provision. The form it should take depends on the following:
These should only contain items that a first aider has been trained to use and they should be regularly checked and adequately stocked. They should not contain medication of any kind.
Suggested contents for a first aid box;
An appointed person is someone who is authorised to take charge of the situation (e.g. to call an ambulance) if there is a serious injury or an illness.
If no trained first aider is available, or if you have less than 50 employees in a low hazard workplace, there must always be an appointed person present when people are at work.
Emergency first aid training should be considered for all appointed persons.
A first aider is a person who has undergone training and obtained a certificate of qualification which is approved by the Health and Safety Executive. At present these certificates are valid for three years.
The number of first aiders needed depends primarily on the degree of hazard.
In a workplace of low hazard (e.g. a bank or office) at least one first aider will be required if there are more than 50 employees. In a more hazardous workplace, such as a factory, a larger number will be required. Other factors which should be taken into consideration are shift work and provision during holidays and sick leave.
There is no requirement to provide First Aid facilities to members of the public. However if you are allowing dangerous activities to occur e.g. motorcross your risk assessment will require first aid provision due to the serious nature of the injuries that are foreseeable. Equally at events where large numbers of people are expected you will need to provide First Aid facilities (Event Safety Guide).
First aid at work. The Health and safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981. L74. ISBN 9780717665600
Basic advice on first aid at work (POSTER) ISBN 9780717664351
Electric shock: First aid procedures.(POSTER) ISBN 9780717664337
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