By its nature the Construction Industry is inherently high hazard as defined by the First Aid Regulations. There are many hazards to be faced on building sites and The most common hazards are similar to other work places but many of these hazards are accentuated by the nature of construction.
The First Aid Regulations are about providing first aid cover and we are not trying to outline the Health and Safety aspects here but give you pointers to first aid provision.
As with all First Aid the need to do a First Aid Assessment on building/construction sites is important.
What are the First Aid Requirements on site for a building/construction site?
The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 require all construction sites to have:
- A first aid box with enough equipment to cope with the number of workers on site;
- An appointed person to take charge of first-aid arrangements; and
- Information telling workers the name of the appointed person or first aider and where to find them. A notice in the site hut is a good way of doing this.
What is an appointed person?
The appointed person includes looks after first-aid equipment and facilities and calls the emergency services when required. They can also provide emergency cover where a first-aider is unexpectedly absent (annual leave does not count). Appointed persons do not need first-aid training.
What is a First Aider?
First Aid Requirements on site – A first-aider is someone who has undertaken training and has a qualification that HSE approves. This means that they must hold a valid certificate of competence in either:
- First aid at work (FAW), issued by a training organisation approved by HSE; or
- Emergency first aid at work (EFAW), issued by a training organisation approved by HSE or a recognised Awarding Body of Ofqual/Scottish Qualifications Authority.
How many First Aiders do I need on site?
Fewer than 5 - At least one appointed person
5 – 50 - At least one first-aider trained in EFAW or FAW, depending on the type of injuries that may occur
More than 50 - At least one first-aider trained in FAW for every 50 people employed (or part of 50)
Organising site welfare
The Law says that clients and contractors have responsibilities regarding welfare facilities on construction projects. Contractors provide welfare facilities and clients must ensure this happens. The pre-construction information prepared by the client should include the arrangements for welfare provision. On notifiable projects (longer than 30 days or 500 person days), the client must ensure the construction phase does not start unless they are satisfied that there are arrangements for welfare facilities to be provided.
Contractors must maintain the facilities throughout the life of the project.
The nature and scale of facilities required will depend on the size, location and type of project.
- Washing facilities
- Drinking water
- Changing rooms and lockers
- Facilities for rest
More information can be found by visiting the Health and Safety Executive website:
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