Conducting a first aid needs assessment
Produced in partnership with Melanie O'Brien of DG Legal
Conducting a first aid needs assessment

The following Practice Management guidance note Produced in partnership with Melanie O'Brien of DG Legal provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Conducting a first aid needs assessment
  • Key staff members
  • Function of the first aid needs assessment
  • Assessment process
  • Documenting your needs assessment
  • Reviewing your needs assessment

You have a duty to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure your employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or become ill in the workplace.

What is adequate and appropriate will depend on a number of factors, including the size and nature of your business. To establish what is adequate and appropriate for your operations you should conduct a first aid needs assessment.

This Practice Note provides information on conducting a first aid needs assessment. For information about regulatory requirements relevant to first aid, see Practice Note: First aid in the workplace—regulatory requirements.

Key staff members

You should ensure the person (or persons) with overall responsibility for assessing first aid needs is of sufficient seniority to enable them to lead the assessment process and oversee any measures put in place.

You should also consider how to adequately involve all staff in discussing and agreeing the salient parts of the assessment. If all staff members are given an opportunity to have a say, they are more likely to feel involved and part of the process. Furthermore, individual staff members are likely to have hands-on knowledge of their own job and any risks to injury or illness that they face in their working environment. They will also be very aware of any personal needs and how they need addressing,