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You need more than a first aid box
Posted by David Cant on May 12, 2014

Construction Health and Safety ConsultantsThe frequency of accidents in the work place vary widely according to the type of industry. Construction is statistically far more dangerous to worker health than insurance for instance, primarily because of the risks involved with the working environment. However the same basic rules regarding health and safety and first aid provisions apply to all UK businesses, regardless of industry.

Staff need first aid training

Providing a well-stocked first aid kit is key to keeping any workplace slightly safer, but more important still is training staff to use the kit properly in the event of an accident. Under the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981, employers have a duty to provide adequate first aid training to their employees.

So what sorts of things do your staff need to know?

1. Risks within the workplace

The best way to avoid accidents is to educate staff in identifying and mitigating risks in advance. Regular site audits and risk assessments will help with this process, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that your first aid kit never needs to be used. Although there is no legal requirement to do so, your business could also consider whether any provisions should be made for first aid for members of the public.

2. First aid resources

Where is your company first aid kit located? What is in the kit? How are the provisions to be used? Who are the designated first aiders? As well as being aware of risks onsite, your team also need to know what to do in an emergency. This should be a standard part of your employee induction.

3. Basic first aid techniques

Having a well-trained workforce never negatively affects a business, particularly when it comes to maintaining the health and safety of employees. Although your business is duty bound to have at least one nominated first aid officer, providing basic training for all staff will help better manage accidents within the workplace.

4. Regulatory compliance

Under the terms of the applicable first aid regulations, your first aid kit should contain equipment appropriate for the risks and conditions at your place of work. In most cases your standard kit should be at least compliant with British Standard BS 8599.

Depending on the size of your business, you must also:

  • Employ at least one first aider who has been fully trained in using the first aid kit and dealing with potential emergencies and who holds the appropriate certification, or
  • Nominate an “appointed person” who will be responsible for contacting the emergency services when necessary and keeping the first aid kit properly stocked.

The nominated first aid officers will also need more in depth training to deal with potentially life threatening emergencies that involve advanced techniques like CPR.

As well as meeting your legal obligations, training in first aid will help protect your workforce, potentially saving lives in the event of a serious accident. Contact Veritas Consulting today for more details of our first aid training courses, or for help conducting a risk assessment that will pinpoint your company’s needs.


David Cant is a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner extraordinaire. He has a wealth of Industry experience and is the MD of Veritas Consulting. David also Blogs about Health and Safety here Health and Safety Consultants

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