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First aid at work

This website provides information for employers, employees, first-aiders and training organisations on first aid at work.

As a minimum, a low-risk workplace such as a small office should have a first-aid box and a person appointed to take charge of first-aid arrangements, such as calling the emergency services if necessary. Employers must provide information about first-aid arrangements to their employees.

Workplaces where there are more significant health and safety risks are more likely to need a trained first-aider. A first-aid needs assessment will help employers decide what first aid arrangements are appropriate for their workplace.

Selecting a training provider

First aid regulations

As of 1 October 2013 First Aid Regulations have changed, removing the requirement for HSE to approve first aid training and qualifications. Guidance is available to help dutyholders with the changes.

Regulation changes


The offshore industry has specific legislation becauseĀ of remoteness and access to medical expertise.

More on offshore


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