First aid compliance

First Aid Compliance

As an employer or business owner, under the ‘Health & Safety First Aid Regulations 1981 and 1982 for Northern Ireland, you are legally required to provide adequate and appropriate first aid equipment, first aid facilities, and adequately trained first aiders in order to ensure that if a staff member became injured or felt unwell at work, someone would be able to assist them.

You may be wondering what you have to do with ‘You and First Aid Compliance,” but the truth is it matters a lot. In fact, it applies to you even if you employ less than five people, are self-employed and work from home, or even drive for a living.

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So whats ‘adequate and appropriate’ I hear you ask?

There is NO LEGAL duty on business owners or employers to provide first aid provision to members of the public while they are visiting their premises, but the majority do. HSE strongly recommends that business owners or employers do, and we here at Warwickshire First Aid Training certainly encourage our customers to make provision for customers or visitors.

This relies largely on your circumstances, the workplace, and whether you require trained first aiders or not. You will require at least an adequately stocked “first aid box” at the very least, with all the kit in date and in good condition, and if you employ a large number of staff members, the chances are you may need more than one.

So how do I work out what I need to meet the ‘Adequate and appropriate’ requirements?

The process of meeting “you and first aid” compliance is quite simple. You will need to conduct a “first aid needs assessment,” which is where some employers or business owners become anxious because they are unsure of where to begin.

However, by following a logical sequence, everything falls into place and takes about 30 to 40 minutes to complete.

You will need to revisit from time to time throughout the year to make sure you are still in compliance.

We review ours three times a year. Here is our “first aid needs assessment guide” to assist you in getting started.


In our opinion, it is always a good idea to stay up-to-date with your compliance issues and revisit your findings on a regular basis to ensure that you are operating legally regarding Health & Safety.

If you did receive a visit from HSE, you would be able to show them the course you followed, as well as your findings and actions you have taken in your quest to be compliant regarding first aid needs for your business.

Quite a few businesses receive visits when there is a notifiable accident on site, or they have had a number of minor ones over a short period of time, and they have been known to hand out significant fines to some for non-compliance.

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