Advice on first-aid kits for mobile workers and for vehicles, provided by the British Safety Council’s Information Service.

Are we required to provide first-aid kits for mobile and lone workers?

The Health and Safety (First-aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide “adequate and appropriate” first-aid equipment, facilities and personnel so employees can receive immediate attention and help if they are taken ill or injured at work. The idea is to help reduce the effects of injury or illness suffered by employees at work and therefore help to save lives and prevent minor injuries from becoming major ones.

HSE says that a decision about what is “adequate and appropriate” first-aid provision will depend on the circumstances of each workplace and work activity. As a result, employers should assess their first-aid needs, taking into account factors such as the nature of the work; the potential health and safety hazards and risks; the nature and size of the workforce and the workplace; the work patterns of employees; and the needs of any travelling, remote and lone workers.


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