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Information on the First Aid act 1981

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Information on the First Aid act 1981 What first aid facilities do employers need to provide? The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 state that there should be adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to enable first aid to be given to an employee if they are injured or become ill at work. The regulations outline the minimum provisions. If the business deals with chemicals or machinery that present any specific danger, suitable precautions for these must be available. An employer must provide a suitably stocked first aid box and appoint a person to take charge of first-aid arrangements. The first aid box should contain the following: * A first aid guidance leaflet (available from the Health & Safety Executive [HSE]) ...read more.


This person should only administer first aid if they are a qualified first-aider. There should be at least one qualified first-aider within an organisation, and one for every 100 employees. Details of approved first aid courses are available from the HSE. First aid needs to be available throughout the working day, so employers may need to have more than the minimum number of first-aiders to fulfil this requirement. Employees must be kept aware of the first aid arrangements and should be able to contact a first-aider easily. For more information, see the HSE , the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (SI 1999 no.2342). ...read more.


This course fully meets the requirements of the Health & Safety (First Aid) Regulation Act 1981. This course will cover: * Resuscitation * Controlling Bleeding * Treatment of shock * Recognition of illness * Treatment of burns and scalds * Treatment of injuries * Dressing and immobilising of injured parts * Communication and delegation in an emergency * Personal hygiene when dealing with wounds * Contents of first aid boxes * Treatment of sick and injured persons * Treatment of poisoning * Treatment of unconscious casualties * Simple record keeping NB As this is a hands on course it would be advisable to wear comfortable clothing e.g. trousers. All necessary training equipment plus individual personal protection will be provided. ...read more.

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