TQUK Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace (RQF)

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First Aid at Work regulations

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Understanding the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981

The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 outline employers' responsibilities to provide adequate first aid provisions in the workplace.

Scope of the Regulations

These regulations are applicable to:

  • All workplaces, including those with less than five employees
  • The self-employed

Determining Adequate and Appropriate Provision

Factors to consider include:

  • The need for trained first-aiders
  • Contents of the first-aid box
  • Possibility of a dedicated first-aid room

Employer's Assessment of First Aid Needs

Employers must assess first aid needs based on:

  • Workplace hazards and risks
  • Organisation size
  • Other relevant factors

Provision for Non-Employees

While not legally required, it's recommended to include non-employees in first aid assessments.

Special Requirements for Self-Employed and Specific Sectors

Self-employed individuals must ensure they have adequate first aid provisions, and special requirements apply in sectors like offshore work or diving.

Guidance from the First Aid Approved Code of Practice

Detailed guidance is available, covering:

  • Management of first aid equipment and rooms
  • Training and requirements for first aiders
  • Appointed persons' roles
  • Informing employees about first aid arrangements
  • Considerations for the self-employed and exempt sectors

Training and Qualifications for First-Aiders

Employers providing first-aiders must ensure:

  • Suitable training and qualifications
  • Competency in either first aid at work (FAW) or emergency first aid at work (EFAW)


The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 play a crucial role in ensuring effective first aid provision in the workplace, safeguarding the health and safety of both employees and non-employees.