This workplace first aid risk assessment training helps employers comply with health and safety regulations. All employers have a legal duty to provide immediate first aid if workers operating under their jurisdiction are injured or suffer ill-health at work. It does not matter what the illness is, immediate care must be provided, and an ambulance called where appropriate.
There is no single set of requirements for first aid. Each employer must undertake a risk assessment of their operations and decide what first aid arrangements are suitable and sufficient for their organisation.
Proper and adequate means that you must put in place first aid equipment, trained personnel, and facilities so that you can give immediate assistance to casualties. This will include both common injuries and any that might be more serious, which are caused by work tasks.
Under the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981, business owners have the legal obligation to:
- Arrange appropriate first aid equipment
- Arrange appropriate first aid facilities
- Arrange skilled first aid personnel
- Inform and educate workers of the first-aid arrangements
“An employer shall provide, or ensure that there are provided, such equipment and facilities as are adequate and appropriate in the circumstances for enabling first-aid to be rendered to his employees if they are injured or become ill at work.”
The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981, Section 3 (1)
To ensure appropriate measures are in place, employers must carry out a first-aid risk assessment to determine first aid needs. This involves consideration of occupational hazards and risks. It also depends on the organisation’s size and other relevant factors.
A risk assessment will determine what equipment, facilities, and personnel are necessary to provide the appropriate level of care.
The prime objectives of this online training course is to provide anyone tasked with conducting a first aid risk assessment with the tools to:
- Identify the hazards present in their working environment that may require first aid
- Evaluate the degree of risk presented by each hazard
- Ascertain the current first aid arrangements that in place
- Determine what further first aid arrangements and training are required
This basic first aid risk assessment course requires:
- No prior domain knowledge
- No prior course certification requirement
This online training course comprises:
- First aid risk assessment – Part 1
- First aid risk assessment – Part 2
- First aid equipment and facilities
- First aid training
This first aid risk assessment training is for anyone responsible for conducting a first aid needs assessment for an organisation or workplace. This may include:
- Health and safety managers
- Human resources representatives
- Heads of schools
- Building managers
- Anyone nominated to undertake this task
This first aid risk assessment offers the following benefits to employers:
- Provides the tools to ensure compliance with first aid risk assessment requirements
- Ensures risk assessors understand their duties
The training course aids delegates to understand:
- The first aid risk assessment process
- The hazards that must be assessed
- How to assess the current measures in place
- How to evaluate what further first aid measures or training is needed
Format: 100% online course
Course Duration: 15+ minutes
- Four sections
- Mini-quizzes to support retention
- End of course knowledge test
The end-of-course knowledge test is pass or fail, requiring a score of 80% to pass.
Upon passing the end-of-course knowledge, a IIRSM-approved e-certificates in PDF format via registered email.
If trainees fail to pass the end test, they get another chance to reattempt the test or to retake the course within the subscription period to get explicit knowledge.
All employers are expected to:
- Complete an assessment of first aid needs
- Ensure someone is appointed to take charge of first-aid arrangements
- Ensure to adequate facilities are available and a stocked first aid box is in the workplace
- Provide all employees with the correct information regarding first-aid arrangements
The level of arrangement provided should reflect the level of risk in your environment. For instance, if there are many hazards in your workplace, you will need more first aid equipment and qualified first aiders.
The health and safety executive recommends that if your company employs 5 to 50 people, at least one person should be trained in first aid. There should be another first-aider present for every 50 workers after that.
All employers are expected to provide their employees with information regarding the first aid arrangements in place. This will include informing them of first aiders that are on site. Note that the number of first aiders required will depend on the level of risk.
Other arrangements employees should be aware of include the number and location of first aid kits and who has been appointed to take charge of first aid arrangements.
If the first aid needs assessment indicates a first aider is required, an employer must appoint a person to be in charge of first aid arrangements. The duties of this person are to:
- Look after first-aid facilities and equipment
- Call emergency services, when required
If they are competent, they can also provide emergency cover, as required. However, appointed persons are not required to be trained in first aid.
This form contains all the requirements needed to identify hazards, assess the likelihood of injuries, and the first aid facilities required to perform the first aid process in case of an incident.