Ensuring that your company provides a safe working environment is a top priority for any organisation. Both your staff and the public should feel safe whilst on your premises. One way of ensuring this is by making sure that you have enough first aiders available.
The type of work you carry out and the number of people that you employ will determine the number of first aiders that you’re legally required to employ.
If you work in a shop, or an office, for example, you work in a relatively low-risk area. Small organisations will need to have at least one First Aid Appointed Person at all times. If you employ over 50 members of staff then you’ll need one first aider for every 100 employees. However, it is still good practice to have one first aider per 50 employees and at least one first aider on each floor.
The rules for high-risk workplaces are more stringent. If you work on a construction site, or in a factory for example, then you’ll need a First Aid Appointed Person if you have up to 5 employees. After that, you’ll need one first aider for every 50 members of staff. Other examples of high risk workplaces include mines, railways, and health services.
How to carry out a first-aid risk assessment
Don’t let the name ‘first-aid risk assessment’ put you off - this process is actually pretty simple!
You need to complete a risk assessment for any risks that can be found in your workplace. So it is worth doing purely to show any relevant authorities that you have been ‘reasonably practicable’ in keeping your workplace safe.
Here are some things you should consider when completing the risk assessment:
- Do you work in a high or low-risk workplace?
- How many workers do you have?
- Do you workers just work on site?
- Do you employ any lone-workers?
- Do you often have members of the public in/around your workplace?
- Is your workplace easily accessible to emergency services?
Conducting a first-aid risk assessment will help you decide how many first-aiders are required.
If you are looking for a free online risk assessment tool, head over to My Risk Assessment.