The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 impose duties on the employer and the self-employed to provide facilities that enable first aid to be given to employees if they are injured or become ill at work. In the majority of cases, trained and qualified first aiders must administer first aid. The regulations also require employers to inform employees of first-aid arrangements.

This topic covers what employers and employees need to know about the provision of first aid in the workplace.

Employers' Duties

Employers have a duty to:

  • make provision for employees to receive first-aid treatment

  • provide adequate and appropriate first-aid equipment and facilities

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