First Aid at Work - The basic requirements

​The general requirements for meeting your HSE First Aid at Work commitment is shown in the following table.

Health & Safety Executive Recommendations on First Aiders in the Workplace

Category of risk

Lower Hazard

e.g. offices and shops

Higher Hazard

e.g. light engineering and assembly work, food processing, warehousing, extensive work with dangerous machinery or sharp instruments, construction, chemical manufacture

Numbers employed at any location

Fewer than 25

 

 

25-50

 

 

More than 50

Fewer than 5

 

 

5-50

 

 

 

 

 

More than 50

Suggested numbers of First Aid personnel

At least 1 appointed person

 

At least 1 First Aider trained in EFAW

 

At least 1 First Aider trained in FAW for every 100 employed

(or part thereof)

At least 1 appointed person

 

At least 1 First Aider trained in EFAW or FAW depending on the type of injuries that may occur

 

At least 1 First Aider trained in FAW for every 50 employed

(or part thereof)

Please note that some industries and environments have different requirements - the details are explained in The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 Approved Code of Practice and Guidance.

 

This table is for guidance only; it does not guarantee legal compliance.

 

The HSE recommends that First Aiders undergo a continuous programme of training, and First Aid at Work certification requires a mandatory requalification every three years.

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