Do you run a business? Do you employ staff? Are you aware of the rules regarding first aid within the workplace? It can be a bit of a grey area and is certainly an area overlooked by small businesses who simply do not know what they should and shouldn’t provide if they employ staff.
According to HSE an employers legal duties are as follows
‘The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. These Regulations apply to all workplaces including those with less than five employees and to the self-employed.’
The regulations only cover first aid arrangements for employees, but businesses that deal with members of the public (such as shops) should also consider this in their needs assessment.
But what does this actually mean?
Essentially it is your responsibility to undertake some kind of risk assessment of your workplace. You will need to consider factors such as size of business, hazards and the type of work carried to understand your first aid provision needs. It stands to reason that some businesses with more obvious hazards require a very thorough first aid provision and policy. Consider your staff members needs. Do any of them have a known medical condition for example? How big is your site and how many people do you employ? This will affect how many trained first aiders you require at any time. Do you perhaps have more than one site staff work from?
It is hugely important to understand the regulations and have a plan in place along with all the correct training which must be kept up to date.
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