Are you aware of your legal duties as an employer?

What are the first aid requirements for sites?

The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 require all construction sites to have:

  • a first aid box with enough equipment to cope with the number of workers on site
  • an appointed person to take charge of first-aid arrangements
  • information telling workers the name of the appointed person or first aider and where to find them. A notice in the site hut is a good way of doing this.

What is an appointed person?

The appointed person includes looks after first-aid equipment and facilities and calls the emergency services when required. They can also provide emergency cover where a first-aider is unexpectedly absent (annual leave does not count). Appointed persons do not need first-aid training.

What is a first-aider?

A first-aider is someone who has undertaken training and has a qualification that HSE approves. This means that they must hold a valid certificate of competence in either:

  • first aid at work (FAW), issued by a training organisation approved by HSEr
  • emergency first aid at work (EFAW), issued by a training organisation approved by HSE or a recognised Awarding Body of Ofqual/Scottish Qualifications Authority.

How many first-aiders do we need on site?

Fewer than 5 employees: At least one appointed person

5–50 employees: At least one first-aider trained in EFAW or FAW, depending on the type of injuries that may occur

More than 50employees: At least one first-aider trained in FAW for every 50 people employed (or part of 50)

Find out more about first aid on HSE’s First Aid at Work site.