First aid at work
An important part of health and safety responsibilities of any employer is first aid care for the employees and the public.
Most business activities such as office or retail environments are considered to be low risk and do not need to have a specifically trained first aider. However, there is a requirement to have an appointed person to take charge of first aid arrangements: looking after the first aid equipment and calling the emergency services when needed. If the appointed person is not trained they do not have to attempt to perform any type of first aid such as CPR.
Workplaces with more significant health and safety risks are highly recommended to have one or several trained first aider's on site. Some businesses would need more than one, depending on the risks involved at the particular workplace. First aid at work. It is highly unlikely that a legal action would be taken against a first aider based on training, but it is recommended that you check with your insurer if your business is covered for first aiders’ liability. To qualify as a first aider the appointed employee should take a three-day course First Aid at Work (FAW), or the recently introduced one day new course Emergency First Aider at the Workplace (EFAW). It is strongly recommended that all students take an annual three-hour refresher course to help keep their skills up to date. Until their certificate expires the first- aider doesn’t need to retrain again. Usually the FAW first-aiders would be able to work and deal with a larger workforce and higher risk sites, while EFAW students are able to perform only in lower risk workplaces. First aid at work.