A First Aider is someone who has completed the First Aid at Work (FAW) training and holds a current FAW certificate. Initially this is usually a three day training course which is refreshed usually every three years.
The recommendation is that in a lower risk business, such as an office, an appointed person would be required for fewer than 50 staff and a First Aider for 50 – 100 and an additional First Aider for every additional 100 employees.
The First Aider should be able to leave their place of work immediately to respond to an emergency.
Additional First Aiders would need to be appointed if the risk assessment shows a requirement for First Aider to be available.
Appointed persons should not be called upon to administer First Aid if they have not received the relevant training.
The appointed person can replace a First Aider when the First Aider is absent in temporary or unforeseen circumstances however, not if the First Aider is on annual leave.
An appointed person is someone appointed to:
It is recommended that you don’t keep tablets and medicines in the first-aid box.
Employees must be informed of the first aid arrangements. Notices informing your employees who the appointed persons and First Aiders are, how they can be contacted and the location of the first aid box should be displayed.
Special arrangements need to be considered for those employees with reading or language difficulties.