The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate first-aid equipment, facilities and people so that employees can be given immediate help if they are injured or taken ill whilst at work.
What is ‘adequate and appropriate’ will depend on the circumstances in the workplace. The minimum first-aid provision on any work site is:
A risk assessment should assess the first-aid needs taking into consideration:
It is important to remember that accidents and illness can happen at any time. Appropriate first-aid provision needs to be available at all times people are at work.