Identify your first aid needs
Your workplace risk profile: identifying your first aid needs:
Under the new Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidance when
assessing workplace first aid training and supplies needs employers
should consider a greater number of factors than was advised under
the previous guidance to the regulations.
What should I consider as part of my first aid needs
The HSE’s new guidance for workplace first aid provision asks
employers to consider the following when assessing first aid
- The nature of the work and hazards
- The number of people employed at the site
- The number of inexperienced workers
- Employees with disabilities or particular
- Employees with the characteristics of groups at higher
risk from health conditions
- Previous accidents or records of ill
- Recurring injuries or
- Employees who travel a lot, work remotely or
- Employee shift patterns or out of
- The layout of the workplace (eg. are the
premises spread over a large area or split over several
- The proximity of the workplace to emergency
- First aider absences (eg. through sickness or
annual leave) and provision of cover
- Access to your site by non-employees (eg.
visiting members of the public).
What evidence sources are useful in performing a first aid
There are many evidence sources that can help you to carry out a
thorough first aid needs assessment. Some useful sources are as
- Accident report book
- Work manuals and standard operating procedures
- Control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH) notices
- Crude indicators (such as age profile of your employees)
- Work or shift patterns
- Absence records
- Ambulance response times
- Distance to nearest medical help
- Holiday patterns.
How often should I review my first aid needs?
It is important that a regular review of your
first aid needs is an integral part of your main risk assessment
under The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981. A first
aid assessment every 12 months is an essential part of your duty of
care for staff in the workplace. In addition, you should also
review your first aid needs assessment if any of the following
- An accident at work or an illness caused by work
- Changes in work patterns or processes
- Changes in personnel
- Changes to the workplace (eg. a move to a different site or
changes to equipment).
free online calculator to help you identify your
first aid needs and determine the right level of first aid cover
for your workplace*.
Our trained customer service advisers are always happy to
help you to identify your first aid training needs. You can speak
with an adviser in your area on 0844 770
*This information does not replace the
requirement for carrying out a full risk assessment in your