What is an 'appointed person'?

An appointed person is someone your employer appoints to:

  • take charge when someone falls ill or is injured at work, including calling an ambulance if needed;
  • look after the first aid box and other first aid equipment, including restocking the box; and
  • keep records of treatment given.

Appointed persons should NOT give first aid for which they have not been trained.

Appointed persons are not legally required to have any approved training to carry out their responsibilities. However, courses are available.

Employers should decide on their own first aid needs, after carrying out an assessment. Where the working environment is assessed as being at low risk of accident (such as an office) employers must make at least the minimum provision for first aid, which is an ‘appointed person’ and a clearly identified and suitably stocked first aid box. Read the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidance on what is required

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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