First aid in the workplace – 5 things you should consider

First aid in the workplace

Many workforces across the UK have either been working from home or have created hybrid roles to blend home and office working for the past 18 months. As we see the summer end, will more of your staff start heading into the office and if so, are your team first aid compliant?

Have you recently considered first aid in the workplace? Here’s 5 things you’ll need to think about.

1. Why is first aid in the workplace important?

According to HSE “The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require you to provide adequate and appropriate first-aid equipment, facilities and people so your employees can be given immediate help if they are injured or taken ill at work.“

At Atlas we prioritise the safety of you and your employees by giving you all the tools, training and resources that you need to create a safe workplace for your team, as well as making sure your legal requirements are catered for.

2. Do you know your first aid needs?

When looking at the first aid requirements of your business it’s important to consider the following;

  • Are there any hazards in your workplace? e.g. is it a low risk office environment or higher risk where there is regular use of chemicals and machinery
  • How many employees do you have?
  • Previous knowledge of accidents and why they happened
  • What are your working arrangements?
  • Do you have any visitors from outside of your organisation?

As a minimum any workplace will need a fully stocked first aid kit, an appointed person and information for employees about first aid arrangements within the business.

These are just some of the areas you need to think about as a business owner.

3. How many first aiders are required in a workplace?

We answered this question in a recent blog, but the number does depend on a number of variants which are outlined in the table below.

From your risk assessment, what degree of hazard is associated with your work activities?


How many employees do you have?


What first-aid personnel do you need?

Low-hazard, e.g. offices, shops, libraries


Fewer than 25


At least one appointed person




At least one first-aider trained in emergency first aid at work (EFAW)


More than 50


At least one first-aider trained in first aid at work (FAW) for every 100 employed (or part thereof)

Higher-hazard, e.g. light engineering and assembly work, food processing, warehousing, extensive work with dangerous machinery or sharp instruments, construction, chemical manufacture


Fewer than 5


At least one appointed person




At least one first-aider trained in EFAW or FAW depending on the type of injuries that might occur


More than 50


At least one first-aider trained in FAW for every 50 employed (or part thereof)

 Source: https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg214.pdf

4. What is the difference between an appointed person and a first aider?

An appointed person is the minimum requirement that a business will need and they will be in charge of your first aid arrangements. This includes looking after the equipment, facilities and calling the emergency services if needed. An appointed person doesn’t need to have any formal training but must always be available whenever people are at work.

A first aider is someone who has been trained at the right level for your business mentioned in the table above. It is also recommended that they undertake annual refresher training.

5. Training your workforce

We run regular first aid courses from first aid at work, emergency first aid at work, refresher courses and CPR at our training facility in Wellington, Somerset. Our team can also provide site visits so you can experience our expertise within your own premises.

Online training is also available for businesses throughout the UK or for those who work remotely but still need first aid training as part of their role.  

We recently held a training course and the testimonials speak for themselves. Sally Hughes from Logic Distribution said; “The course was excellent, very informative and interesting, I have definitely learnt new first aid skills and knowledge today, would highly recommend this to all.”

Atlas Safety Management can help with your first aid in the workplace requirements

Our first aid training courses are all Ofqual regulated by Qualsafe Awards, are fully certified and take a maximum of three days to complete. Arrange a call back for a FREE consultation with one of our health and safety experts at a time and day to suit you.

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