The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 make it a requirement for employers to provide ‘adequate and appropriate’ first-aid equipment as well as trained employees so that if someone becomes ill or is injured at work then immediate help can be given.

The employer must carry out a risk assessment to determine exactly what equipment and trained personnel are required.  This assessment is based on the nature of the hazards in the workplace, the number of employees, the history of accidents and ill-health, the nature of the work being carried out, along with other factors.

The suggested numbers of trained personnel is given in the table below although you also have to consider shift work, absences and the possibility that the first aider may themselves become injured or be taken ill. The number of guests, visitors, service users and contractors on your premises must also be considered.

Risk Category

No. of Employees

Minimum Number of First Aiders

Low Hazard
e.g. shops, offices, libraries

Fewer than 25

At Least 1 Appointed Person at all times.

25 – 50

At least 1 first-aider trained in Emergency First Aid at Work.

More than 50 At Least 1 more First Aider trained in First Aid at Work for every 100 employed (or part thereof).

Higher Hazard
e.g. any construction work, slaughter houses, chemical manufacture, work with machinery or sharp instruments.

Fewer than 5

At least 1 Appointed Person at all times.

5 to 50

At least 1 First Aider trained in Emergency First Aid at Work or First Aid at Work depending on the type of injuries that might occur.

More than 50

At least 1 more First Aider trained in FAW for every 50 employed or part thereof.

More information

For more information on legal compliance and training requirements please contact me or consult the following website – 

For nurseries and childminders please see the EYFS Statutory Framework for first aid requirements in early years.

First Aid Courses

Level 3 Award In Emergency First Aid At Work (RQF)

This is a one day course assessed by a multiple-choice test and observation of practical tasks.

Level 3 Award In First Aid At Work (RQF)

This is a three day course assessed by a multiple choice test and observation of practical tasks.

Level 3 Paediatric First Aid (RQF)

This is a two day course assessed by practical assessment and multiple choice test.

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Please contact me for more information on the following mental health courses and a quote for in-house training.

  • QA Level 2 Award in Understanding Mental Health in the Workplace
  • QA Level 3 Award in Understanding Mental Health First Aid in the Workplace

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