First aid at work

The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981. Guidance on Regulation

Date of publication:
2013 (as amended 2018)
Series code:
L74 (Third edition)

This guidance is for employers. It sets out what you need to do to address first-aid provision in the workplace.

It provides guidance on:

  • managing the provision of first aid (first-aid kit, equipment, rooms etc)
  • requirements and training for first-aiders
  • requirements for appointed persons
  • making employees aware of first-aid arrangements
  • first aid and the self-employed
  • cases where first-aid regulations do not apply

The third edition has been reissued with minor amendments to:

  • further clarify the significance of the 2013 amendment to regulation 3(2), which ended HSE's approval of first-aid training providers
  • update guidance on the use of automated external defibrillators, and blended learning in first-aid training
  • incorporate some additional amendments to take account of other previous legislative changes

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Updated: 2021-11-12