Have you thought about managing the risks in your workplace?
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Have you thought about managing the risks in your workplace?

Remember, managing safety in the workplace is a legal requirement and all employers must be able to demonstrate compliance that they have acted to keep their workplace activities safe.

Empowering individuals and business owners to take safety in their own hands.


Employers’ legal duties:

The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities, and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. These Regulations apply to all workplaces including those with less than five employees and to those who are self-employed.

What is ‘adequate and appropriate’ will depend on the circumstances in the workplace. This includes whether trained first aiders are needed, what should be included in a first-aid box and if a first aid room is required. Employers should carry out an assessment of first aid needs to determine what to provide.

The Regulations do not place a legal duty on employers to make first-aid provision for non-employees such as the public or children in schools. However, HSE strongly recommends that non-employees are included in an assessment of first aid needs and that provision is made for them.


Assessment of first aid needs:

Employers are required to carry out an assessment of first aid needs. This involves consideration of workplace hazards and risks, the size of the organisation and other relevant factors, to determine what first aid equipment, facilities and personnel should be provided.

First aid at work: Your questions answered. Download a free HSE leaflet, which contains a useful checklist covering the points employers should consider when carrying out their assessment. https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg214.htm

Health and Safety Executive:

The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981.

Guidance on Regulation go to



Avanti Training Solutions:

Facilitating individuals to learn and understand the safety requirements and implication for their businesses and employees (basic skills that are transferable to daily and family life), to keep themselves and others safe and knowing what to do if things do go wrong.

My role as a freelance instructor, and my mission, is to help to create a nation of life savers by training people in emergency first aid. Sign posting and promoting mental health first aid, including other topics such as: fire safety, health and safety, manual handling in the workplace.


First aid for Schools (PSHE) FLAT STAN workshops, now updated with a digital resource for teachers.  

Teaching educational first aid is part of the personal, social, health and economic education, is an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education (PSHE) curriculum for primary schools.


I know how crucial it is to be able to understand the signs and symptoms when someone has a potential life-threatening event.

During the early hours whilst in bed on the 17th of November 2020, I awoke abruptly with terrible chest pain and a numbness in my left arm, bathed in perspiration – my wife woke and asked what the matter was, at the time I did not want to worry her but had a good idea what was happening to me.

I told her to go and get me an aspirin tablet, which I chewed (aspirin is an antiplatelet medication that helps to thin the blood) it also helped with the pain.

My wife then dialled 999 for an ambulance, when the crew arrived, they attached me to a monitor and confirmed that I was having a heart attack and rushed me to hospital where I underwent a cardiac procedure known as angioplasty.



First aid is the first and immediate assistance given to any person suffering from either a minor or serious illness or injury, with care provided to preserve life, prevent the condition from worsening, or to promote recovery.

It includes initial intervention in a serious condition prior to professional medical help being available, such as performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation while waiting for an ambulance, as well as the complete treatment of minor conditions, such as simply applying a plaster to a cut. First aid is generally performed by someone with some basic medical training (although not essential). Mental health first aid MHFA is an extension of the concept of first aid to cover wellbeing and mental health.