Self-employed workers and employers who have fewer than 25 staff, are still required by the HSE to appoint someone to take charge of first aid arrangements.
The most suitable training for appointed persons is a basic first aid appointed person course.
You also need to ensure that you have adequate and appropriate equipment to provide yourself with first aid while at work. For example, if you work from home or from a rented office, an individual first aid kit would be sufficient. If you do work on shared premises, then you are legally responsible for your own first aid provision, although we do recommend you make joint arrangements with all other self-employed personnel so one person takes responsibility for the premise.
If you have staff who travel frequently you will need to consider provisions for mobile workers.
Feeling confident with life-saving skills
Although you may only be required to provide an appointed person, the British Red Cross recommends that all self-employed workers consider the more comprehensive three-day first aid at work or one-day emergency first aid at work courses. Both courses will not only satisfy the legal requirements for an appointed person, but they are also HSE-accredited first aid courses and will provide you with more confidence and competence in your first aid skills.
If you require further assistance, contact Red Cross Training on 0844 871 8000.