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Should I review my workplace first aid arrangements in the light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?

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Published on LexisPSL on 11/06/2020

The following Practice Management Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Should I review my workplace first aid arrangements in the light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?
  • General first aid requirements
  • Impact of coronavirus on first aid arrangements
  • First aid needs assessment
  • Advice for first aiders
  • Equipment
  • First aid cover
  • Qualifications

Should I review my workplace first aid arrangements in the light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?

This Q&A considers whether employers should review their workplace first aid arrangements in the light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It reflects guidance issued by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on first aid during the coronavirus outbreak.

General first aid requirements

An employer has a duty to make provision for first aid to ensure employees receive treatment if they are injured or are taken ill in the workplace.

In particular, you must:

  1. provide adequate and appropriate equipment and facilities for enabling first aid to be rendered to employees

  2. ensure there is an adequate and appropriate person (or number of people) to render first aid to employees

See Practice Note: First aid in the workplace—regulatory requirements.

In order to establish what provision is required in your workplace and to determine what will be adequate and appropriate for your circumstances, you should carry out a first aid needs assessment—see:

  1. Practice Note: Conducting a first aid needs assessment

  2. Precedent: First aid needs assessment

Impact of coronavirus on first aid arrangements

If your workplace is open during the coronavirus pandemic, you must ensure your first aid arrangements remain in compliance with your legal requirements. The impact of the coronavirus pandemic may require you to review and amend your arrangements.

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