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First aid risk and needs assessment

The UK’s Health and Safety Executive imposes standards for First Aid provision on companies. In fact, the need for First Aid provision equally exists for all bodies, clubs and leisure activities wherever people gather, relax or exercise together.

The HSE requires that sufficient first-aid equipment, facilities and trained personnel must be available at all times and in all places, depending on the hazards and risks there present.

However, in addition to training and First Aid kits, in order to be compliant with HSE guidance every business must have a current, documented first aid Risk and Needs Assessment.

Proper First Aid provision therefore has 4 parts:

  1. A First Aid Risk and Needs Assessment
  2. First Aid training for First Responders
  3. First Aid kit design and availability
  4. Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) which tell staff how to manage their response to accidents, whether they are first responders or not.

The first step, the Risk and Needs Assessment, must establish the hazards faced by an organisation and its staff, and identify the specific first training, equipment and SOPs required in order to provide appropriate first aid in case of need.

The responsibility to carry out such an assessment rests squarely on the shoulders of each company, club etc..

First Aid Risk and Needs Assessments are complex. Consider that for each location in which a company has operations it is necessary to map out:

  • the size of the organisation
  • the distribution of the workforce
  • the nature of each workplace
  • the nature of the work in each workplace and the resultant hazards and risks
  • work patterns
  • the remoteness of any site from emergency medical services
  • annual leave and other absences of first aiders and appointed persons
  • the needs of travelling, remote and lone workers
  • employees working on shared or multi-occupied sites
  • first-aid provision for non-employees
  • the organisation’s accident history.

Sandstone has experienced operatives who are available to work with your H&S representative to assist them in carrying out your Risk and Needs Assessment exercise and prepare your written plan. If you are a large organisation which already has a First Aid Risk and Needs Assessment, we can work with you to develop the training, specify the kit and draft standard operating procedures (SOPs) required.

A First Aid Risk and Needs Assessment needs to be carried out and updated annually or when there are major changes in activity.

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British Security Industry Association
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
Construction Logistics and Community Safety
Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme
Scottish Land and Estates

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