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First Aid at Work - which course do I need?


​​HSE Guidelines - Employers’ legal duties

The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. These Regulations apply to all workplaces including those with less than five employees and to the self-employed.


The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 Approved Code of Practice and Guidance is available here.


The HSE also recommends a training schedule for first aiders which you can find here.


What is ‘adequate and appropriate’ will depend on the circumstances in the workplace. Employers should carry out an assessment of first-aid needs to determine what to provide. It is important to have sufficient first aid cover for different floors and different buildings and to cover first aiders holidays and sickness absence.

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