On-site Trained First Aiders – Is it a requirement?

People can suffer injuries or be taken ill at work at any time.  It doesn’t matter whether the cause of the injury or illness is due to their work or not, immediate First Aid should be given.

The ‘Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981’ require “the employer 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”.

The level of cover in this area will depend on the size and type of your business.  The table below provides suggested first aiders required at all times at work.

Most agricultural premises would be classed as higher hazard. Safety Aide has always encouraged each site or depot to have at least 2 trained first aiders to cover for illness and holidays. 

It is important to remember that accidents and illness can happen at any time.

Provision for first aid needs to be available at all times people are at work.

In the event of injury or sudden illness, failure to provide first aid could result in a casualty’s death. HSE will prosecute in cases where there is a significant risk, a disregard for established standards or poor compliance with the law.

What can employers do to meet the standards required by law?

The HSE have provided a leaflet (INDG214REV2) which answers the basic questions regarding first aid provision at work. This leaflet can be downloaded here or from the HSE website.

Safety Aide also provide on-site Fully Accredited Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) training for four or more staff.  Please contact us on 08000 806 801 if you are interested in more information or check our offers page on this website.


Get it Right from Day One!

All too often companies take on new employees without considering the necessary legal requirement they have under health and safety law.

The Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 requires employers to provide whatever information, instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, the health & safety of their employees. This is further expanded by the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulation 1999, which identify situations where health & safety training is particularly important, e.g. when people start work or are exposed to new or increased risks.

On taking up a new appointment, line managers have a duty to ensure that all new members of staff receive an effective health & safety induction, and understand the relevant information given.

So what should you cover as part of induction?

  •          Health and safety policy of the company
  •          Summary of health and safety managements system (names of direct supervisor, safety representative and where health and safety information is stored)
  •          Employees responsibility for health and safety including any site rules
  •          Accident reporting procedure, location of accident book, first aid kits and first aiders
  •          Fire and other emergency procedures
  •          Summary of risk assessment and safe systems of work
  •          Location of welfare facilities (rest room, toilets etc)

Additional information that is specific to the job will need to be included:

  •          Correct use of personal protective equipment and maintenance procedures
  •          Manual handling techniques and use of lifting aids
  •          Details of hazardous substance and health surveillance procedures as applicable
  •          Internal/external traffic routes and pedestrian walkways.

Now that you have took the new member of staff through all the relevant health and safety information it is vitally important that the employee signs a record to confirm effective induction training was received. This record may be required should there be a subsequent legal claim against the company.

Ask yourself

Do you provide induction training to all new members of staff on the day they start? Are you sure your cover all the necessary health and safety information? Can you prove evidence that induction training was given to every member of staff?

If the answer to any of the above questions is no, then prompt action is required.

Safety Aide offers an online health and safety induction solution. If you are interested in receiving a free trial of one of our e-learning modules, please email for more details.


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