Practical steps to managing first aid in the workplace
Produced in partnership with Melanie O'Brien of DG Legal
Practical steps to managing first aid in the workplace

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:

  • Practical steps to managing first aid in the workplace
  • First aid needs assessment
  • Allocating roles
  • First aid equipment
  • First aid records
  • Notification
  • Documented Procedures
  • Testing and review

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.

There are no hard and fast rules about what first aid provisions you are required to put in place. Some smaller organisations may only need the minimum provision of first aid but other larger organisations or those with particular first aid risks may require more resources.

This Practice Note provides information on managing and ensuring the effective provision of first aid in the workplace. For information about regulatory requirements relevant to first aid, see Practice Note: First aid in the workplace—regulatory requirements.

First aid needs assessment

You should already have conducted a First aid needs assessment (See Precedent: First aid needs assessment). See also our First aid provision management lifecycle. The result of this assessment will enable you to ensure you allocate sufficient first aid equipment, facilities and personnel appropriate to the particular circumstances of your workplaces. See further Practice Note: Conducting a first aid needs assessment.

Once you have conducted a first aid needs assessment, you should have a clearer idea of the risks your organisation faces meaning that you can more effectively review your first aid needs and put in place the steps that are required to mitigate the risks. You