First Aid at Work FAQs & Resources

As a leading provider of Health & Safety eLearning, our experts are often asked questions about First Aid. We've collected all of those questions and answered them for you below…

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First Aid at Work FAQs

Does first aid training need to be approved by the HSE?

No. As of October 2013, no first aid training course can claim to be HSE Approved.

However, any first aid training courses should be able to show that they meet the criteria set by the HSE.

You can find out more on our blog about first aid training!

How many first-aiders do I need?

The legislation surrounding this question is actually very vague, and doesn’t give a definitive answer to the question. However, 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. So, it’s always advised you carry out a first aid needs assessment, and regularly update it.

In a high-risk workplace, it is advised that you have one first aider for every 50 employees you have.

Find out more about low risk and high risk workplace first aid requirements on our blog.

What should a first-aid box in the workplace contain?

This decision should be one influenced by your first aid needs assessment.

However, a low risk workplace may contain the following:

  • individually wrapped plasters of different sizes
  • eye pads
  • bandages
  • safety pins
  • disposable gloves

Do I need to record incidents requiring the attention of a first-aider?

It is considered good practice to have a designated book in which you can report incidents in the workplace.

In the long run, this will help you identify recurring accidents at work, and give you an idea of accident trends and help you be better prepared to deal with similar situations.

However, this isn’t to be confused with an accident record book, which is required by law. But the two may be combined into one.

Can legal action be taken against first-aiders?

Though we are not able to give any specific advice on this issue, it is extremely unlikely that legal action would be taken against somebody performing first aid, as long as they were qualified and following best practices.

We recommend that you seek legal advice or advice from your employer's insurance on whether or not their policies cover first-aiders' liability.

You can find out more on our blog about the topic.

Who is responsible for keeping the records?

This responsibility would usually belong to the first-aider or appointed person who looks after the book. However, employers have the overall responsibility and would be held liable for this not being completed.

FAQs regarding our First Aid at Work Refresher Course

How long do the courses take?

These courses take an average of 35 minutes to complete each, including a 20 question test at the end providing your certificate.

Why are these training courses important?

With over 555,000 accidents in UK workplaces each year, it is highly recommended that all workplaces are equipped with a trained first aider. Our training courses provide designated first aiders with information on best practices, to help them retain information learned from practical training every three years.

What approvals do these courses have?

These courses are CPD Accredited for your reassurance. Some of these courses are also RoSPA Approved.

How long are my certificates valid for?

It is up to the training administrator as to when training needs to be refreshed. However, to stay up-to-date with legislation, we recommend that training should be renewed every year.​

What devices are these courses available from?

Our courses can be completed on a range of devices, they’re compatible with desktops, laptops, mobile phones, iPads, and other tablets

Documents and resources

A guide for sorting out First Aid arrangements

Sorting out First Aid arrangements for workplaces shouldn’t be complicated or time-consuming.

  • Find out what to include in a First Aid Needs Assessment
  • Learn what is needed in a first aid kit
  • Learn how to best make staff aware of first aid arrangements
  • Find out how to keep first aider's knowledge up-to-date

First Aid Checklist