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Why does your company need first aid training?

Companies in the UK need to provide first aid cover for several important reasons:

1. Legal requirement: The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities, and personnel to ensure employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work.

2. Employee safety: Having trained first aiders and proper first aid equipment on-site ensures that prompt and appropriate action can be taken in the event of an accident, injury, or medical emergency. This can help prevent minor incidents from becoming more serious and potentially save lives.

3. Compliance with duty of care: Employers have a duty of care to protect the health, safety, and welfare of their employees while at work. Providing first aid cover is part of fulfilling this legal obligation.

4. Minimizing workplace disruptions: Proper first aid care can help treat minor injuries and illnesses on-site, reducing the need for employees to leave work and minimizing disruptions to operations.

5. Risk management: Certain workplaces and industries, such as construction, manufacturing, or laboratories, have a higher risk of accidents or exposures. Having adequate first aid cover helps mitigate these risks and potential liabilities.

The level of first aid cover required depends on factors such as the size of the workforce, the nature of the work activities, and the level of risk involved. Employers must conduct risk assessments to determine the appropriate number of trained first aiders, first aid equipment, and facilities needed.

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