First Aid Regulations - What the Law Says

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The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations and the First Aid at Work Approved Code of Practice require all employers to make provision for first-aid facilities, equipment and first-aid personnel for their employees.

To determine the amount of first-aid provision needed, employers must assess the first-aid needs of the workplace taking into account certain characteristics of the organisation, for example the size of the organisation and the nature of the work undertaken.

They must also appoint someone to take charge of first-aid arrangements and must inform their employees of the arrangements that are in place including the location of equipment, facilities, and first-aid personnel. Details of any accidents should also be recorded in an accident book.

A written agreement, setting out the first-aid cover for their employees who may be working for another 'host' employer must also be established.