Employers have a legal duty to make arrangements in ensuring their employees receive immediate attention, if they are injured or taken ill at work. It doesn’t matter whether the injury or illness is caused by the work they do or not. What is important is that they receive immediate attention and that an ambulance is called in serious cases.
First Aid can save lives and prevent minor injuries becoming major ones.
You should make an assessment of your own First Aid needs which is appropriate to your workplace, which could vary significantly from one workplace to another. First Aid provision must be ‘adequate and appropriate in the circumstances’, which means that sufficient First Aid equipment, facilities and personnel should be available at all times. You will have to take into account a number of important factors, including the hazards, the number of employees, the nature of the work, the history of accidents and illnesses - to name just a few.
It is strongly recommended that many organisations such as schools, places of entertainment, fairgrounds and shops also include non-employees in their assessment. The self-employed also have a duty in ensuring they have a First Aid provision in place, particularly if they work under the control of an employer, or if they work with other self-employed workers.
The L74 guidance is issued by the Health and Safety Executive. For more in-depth information on Health and Safety at work download the HSE document on First aid at Work here.
This system prompts you to consider all of the factors as detailed in this guidance, ensuring that your assessment is accurate and more importantly, ensuring you meet your statutory obligations.