First Aid within the workplace is a key factor, small offices should have a first-aid box and a person appointed that is responsible for any first-aid arrangements.
Workplaces that have higher health and safety risks will require a trained first-aider.
First-aiders must hold a valid certificate/competence in either:
- First aid at work
- Emergency first aid at work
First-aiders must undertake annual refresher training to keep their skills up to date.
First-aiders will need to be trained to an appropriate level by a competent training provider.
Employers are responsible for taking immediate action if any employees take ill or are injured while at work.
Employers must have:
- Completed a first-aid needs assessment
- An appointed person responsible for first-aid arrangements and a suitable amount of first aiders
- A stocked first-aid kit
As an employee, it is important for your employer to be aware of any health issues that you have therefore you can be considered in the first aid needs assessment.
If you require further medication for a pre-existing condition you should consider informing your employer.
RIDDOR – Reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences.
This is a duty for employers, self-employed and people in control of work premises to report serious workplace accidents, occupational diseases and specified dangerous occurrences.