First Aid Legal Requirements

All workplaces need to appoint someone to take charge of first aid arrangements. This applies even if you are self-employed or a sole trader.

The exact level of cover and the training course you need will be determined by HSE guidelines. Failure to comply with these guidelines, or a disregard for the safety of your staff could result in substantial fines or even prosecution.

Employers Legal Duties & First Aid Legal Requirements

First Aid Legal RequirementsThe  Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide  adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure their  employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work.  These Regulations apply to all workplaces including those with less than five  employees and to the self-employed.

First Aid Legal Requirements – What  is ‘adequate and appropriate’ will depend on the circumstances in the  workplace. This includes whether trained first-aiders are needed, what should  be included in a first-aid box and if a first-aid room is required. Employers  should carry out an assessment of first-aid needs to determine what to provide.

The  Regulations do not place a legal duty on employers to make first-aid provision  for non-employees such as the public or children in schools. However, HSE  strongly recommends that non-employees are included in an assessment of first-aid  needs and that provision is made for them.

Assessment of first-aid needs

Employers  are required to carry out an assessment of first-aid needs. This involves  consideration of workplace hazards and risks, the size of the organisation and  other relevant factors, to determine what first-aid equipment, facilities and  personnel should be provided.

The 2009 First Aid at Work Guidelines for Employers from the Health and Safety Executive recommend a first aid needs assessment that will identify what type of first aid training your first aiders will need, how many first aiders you need and where they should be located.


A First Aid Needs Assessment should consider the following topics:

  • First-aid provision for non-employees
  • The distribution of the workforce
  • The nature of the work, the hazards and the risks
  • The nature of the workforce
  • The organisation’s history of accidents and illness
  • The remoteness of the site from emergency medical services
  • The needs of travelling, remote and lone workers
  • Work patterns such as shift work
  • Employees working on shared or multi-occupied sites
  • Annual leave and other absences of first aiders
  • The size of the organisation

The nature of the work, the hazards and the risks

One of the more complicated areas of the new first aid needs assessment is considering ‘the nature of the work, the hazards and the risks’. You should consider the risks and identify what possible injuries could occur in order to ensure sufficient first aid provision is available.


Manual Handling

Slips and Trips


Possible Injuries Requiring First Aid

Fractures, Lacerations, sprains and strains

Fractures, sprains and strains, lacerations

Crush Injuries, amputations, fractures, lacerations, eye injuries

Workplace Transport

Crush injuries, fractures, sprains and strains, spinal injuries

Work at Height

Head injury, loss of consciousness, spinal injury, fractures, sprains and strains


Electric Shock, burns


Poisoning, loss of consciousness, burns, eye injuries

Duty of care and professional registration

Young Children

If you are working with young children in the absence of the  parents you are probably Ofsted registered and need to be trained in Paediatric First Aid. You do not need the full QCF framework award but for the sake of a simple examination you may wish to upgrade your qualification. This course is ideal for child minders, nannies, pre-school and primary school staff or uniformed clubs working with pre-pubescent children.

GK First Aid Training offer the below courses to suit the needs of all category risk working environments.

1 Day Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW)
This course is designed for people who want to receive training in emergency first aid. It is especially suited for nominated first aiders in smaller, low risk working environments. Employers have to risk assess their workplace first aid requirements. The one day Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) qualification is one of the statutory qualifications for this purpose. This is a 6 hour Course which is approved by the Health and Safety Executive.

First Aid at Work (FAW)
The First Aid at Work course Is designed for people who want to receive our most thorough first aid training and is especially suited for nominated workplace first aiders looking to gain comprehensive, certified HSE approval. This course is a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) approved course for those businesses that need to meet their requirements under the First Aid at Work regulations. This is an in-depth, comprehensive course for businesses that have identified that they require a higher level of first aid skills due to the type of business, the equipment used or the number staff. It will provide the participants with the skills and knowledge to deal with first aid accidents and emergencies at work as well as illnesses those individuals may develop whilst at work.

2 Day Paediatric First Aid Training Course
The two day paediatric first aid courses in London are designed at giving parents and carers confidence, practical ability and knowledge of dealing with ill and injured children and babies. This course meets OFSTED requirements for first aid training in early year’s settings and links to the common core skills of the early years foundation stage. The course is suitable for anyone providing care for children and babies. Candidates will learn essential practical and theoretical skills, so they can deal competently with situations that may arise when caring for children and babies. Ofsted approved Paediatric first aid courses can be run directly at your business or a venue of your choice. The course will last 2 days (12 hours), in accordance with OFSTED guidance.

First Aid and Health and Safety training Courses to meet all Industry Sectors

Whether its Health and Safety Training, Fire Safety Training or First Aid Training: all our courses are designed to ensure you keep working within Health and Safety legislation as well as keeping within the law. We can advised of your training requirements that are best for your business and we can even help you with putting together a training plan to ensure you meet all Legal Requirements from First Aid Training to Fire Safety Training.

We are confident that we can offer you a competitive price for all your Health and Safety and First Aid Training requirements. Call us directly on 0800 774 7034 and we will be able to discuss your requirements.