First aid in the workplace—regulatory requirements
Produced in partnership with Melanie O'Brien of DG Legal
First aid in the workplace—regulatory requirements

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:

  • First aid in the workplace—regulatory requirements
  • What is first aid?
  • Legislative requirements
  • Consequences of non-compliance

This Practice Note covers regulatory requirements relating to first aid in an office-based workplace, including requirements relating to the provision of first aid kits, first aiders and first aid rooms.

For practical guidance about managing first aid in the workplace, see Practice Notes: Conducting a first aid needs assessment and Practical steps to managing first aid in the workplace.

What is first aid?

The term ‘first aid’ relates to cases where people need preventative help or treatment from medical practitioners or nurses, and also to the treatment of minor injuries by non-medical professionals.

Legislative requirements

There are various legislative requirements relating to first aid in the workplace, including in relation to:

  1. the provision of first aid

  2. first aiders

  3. first aid room

  4. first aid box/kit

  5. informing staff

  6. members of the public

  7. signs and signals

  8. giving or administering drugs or medication

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the national independent regulator for workplace health and safety and first aid issues and has a vital role in the devising of new legislation. It also produces guidance material to assist employers and employees with all aspects of first aid at work.

Adequate and appropriate provision for first aid

The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 (H&S (FA) Regulations), SI 1981/917 are the primary piece of legislation covering occupational first aid and set out the key aspects