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.
Adequate and appropriate personnel
Employers are required to provide “adequate and appropriate” equipment, facilities and personnel so employees can be given first aid if they are injured or become ill at work. These regulations apply to all workplaces including those who are self-employed. What is adequate will depend on your workplace situation.
As well as being adequately trained, we believe that first aiders should be fully competent and confident in their skills so they can handle urgent and possibly life-threatening situations. Read more about why you should choose the British Red Cross.
Assessment of first aid needs
Employers are required to carry out an assessment of their first aid needs every three years. You can assess your first aid requirements using our online first aid course decision tree. Things to consider are: hazards, the size of the organisation, the industry type and other relevant factors.
You can find more information related to specific areas of first aid legislation:
If you would like any further information on the HSE legal requirements you can read more on the HSE website or contact us directly on 0844 871 8000.