What should a first aid assessment include?

Your employer should take into account the findings of any risk assessments already undertaken.

The following issues should be considered:

Hazards

  • Are there any specific risks, such as hazardous substances, dangerous tools and equipment, manual handling tasks or electrical shock risks?
  • Where are they? Are there some parts of the site with higher risks?
  • What is the record of accidents and ill health – the type and location of incidents?

Workforce

  • How many people in total work on the premises?
  • Does the workforce include young, inexperienced workers, people with disabilities, or pregnant or nursing mothers?
  • What are the patterns of working hours and shifts?
  • Is night work involved?
  • Do workers travel a lot or work alone?

Organisation

  • Are the premises spread out or in one building?
  • Is the site remote from emergency services?
  • Are members of the public regularly on site?

For example, employers with a multi-storey building should consider how many first aiders and/or appointed persons are needed to give adequate provision on each floor. No shift or group of workers should be left out. Even where the level of risk and the number of workers is low, an appointed person should be available at all times when workers are on site.

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.