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Employers are required to provide “adequate and appropriate” equipment, facilities and personnel so employees can be given first aid if they are injured or become ill at work. This applies even if you are self-employed or a sole trader.

There are no set rules on the number of first aiders and the amount of first aid kits a workplace should have. This is dependent on several factors including the number of employees in the workplace and the likelihood and the severity of injury.

The exact level of cover and the training course you need will be determined by HSE guidelines. Failure to comply with these guidelines, or a disregard for the safety of your staff could result in substantial fines or even prosecution.

We believe that first aiders should be fully competent and confident in their skills so they can handle urgent and possibly life-threatening situations.

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