Health and Safety provision is a legal duty of every Employer or Self-Employed person. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASWA) stipulates that it is the duty of every employer to ensure the health, safety and welfare at work of all their employees so far as is reasonably practical.
As an employer you have a legal obligation under the Health And Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 and the Approved Code of Practice and Guidance (ACOP L74) to make adequate and appropriate First Aid provision for your workforce.
The new First Aid at Work Guidelines for Employers from the Health and Safety Executive are effective from 1st October 2009. The new type of First Aid needs assessment will identify what type of First Aid training your First Aiders will need, how many first aiders you need and where they should be located.
A First Aid needs assessment should consider the following topics:
- The nature of the work, the hazards and the risks.
- The nature of the workforce
- The organisation's history of accidents and illness
- The needs of travelling, remote and lone workers
- The work patterns such as shift work
- The disribution of the workforce
- The remoteness of the site from emergency medical services
- The employees working on shared or multi-occupied sites
- The annual leave and other absences of first aiders
- The first provision for non-employees
- The size of the organisation
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