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It’s a question we are often asked….

How many first aiders are required for a business!?

The HSE rules state that it is dependent on the risk assessment but there are some simple rules of thumb.

In a normal low-risk environment such as a shop, office or library:

Employing less than 50 people you need at least one Appointed Person.  An appointed person is a person who is responsible for “taking charge” during a medical emergency.  They are the person that calls the ambulance, records the incident and is in charge during the incident.  However, the HSE strongly recommend that the appointed person has some first aid training – and who wants to go against the HSE?

Employing 50 to 100 people you need at least one First Aider (HSE Emergency First Aid at Work)… And yes that is at least 1 first aider at ALL TIMES. So in actual fact, you probably need 5 or so.

Employing over 100 people you need at least one First Aider (HSE EFAW) per 100 employees. Again, that is at least 1 first aider at ALL TIMES. So in actual fact, you probably need 5 or so per 100.

In high-risk environments such as warehousing, factories etc:

Employing less than 5 people you need at least one Appointed Person.

Employing 5 to 100 people you need at least one first aider (EFAW or FAW) per 50 employees. The HSE don’t stipulate whether you need EFAW or FAW trained first aiders, their helpful advice is dependent on the risk assessment. If you could be faced with more severe injuries (broken bones, embedded objects, burns etc) then you’ll need FAW first aiders.

Employing over 100 people you need at least one first aider (FAW) per 50 employees.

Click here to download Appendix A from the HSE guidelines.