The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981
Published 11:10 on 16 Apr 2021
Have you thought about managing the risks
in your workplace?
Remember, managing safety in the workplace is a
legal requirement and all employers must be able to demonstrate compliance that
they have acted to keep their workplace activities safe.
Empowering individuals and business owners to
take safety in their own hands.
Employers legal duties:
The 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 those who are
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
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
Last updated 11:10 on 16 April 2021