Frequently asked questions
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.
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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.
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
- safety pins
- disposable gloves
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.
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.