All employers, no matter what size of business or what kind of activities they carry out, have a duty to provide first aid care to look after their workers if they are taken ill or have an accident in the workplace.
The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 says that employers need to have adequate and appropriate facilities, people and equipment in place to give immediate and effective assistance if somebody is taken ill or is injured. You also have a duty to tell your workers about the first aid arrangements in place in their workplace.
But how do you know what is ‘adequate and appropriate’ first aid provision? First aid needs will be different for all workplaces, depending on a number of factors.
As with all things Health and Safety, it all starts with an assessment – your first aid needs assessment.
The last year has seen a huge change in working arrangements for many people during the Covid-19 pandemic. When the Prime Minister announced the ‘stay at home’ order in Spring 2020, a lot of people and businesses had to adapt to working from home very quickly, many for the first time.
Now, 12 months after the ‘stay at home’ order we are still being asked to work from home if we can, with that message planning on being rescinded sometime this summer (if all goes well). Many businesses and employees will be glad to get people back in the workplace, but a large number of people will keep the working from home arrangement or adapt to some hybrid arrangements where employees are asked to go into the workplace for some days and work from home for the rest.
What arrangements do you have in place to manage the health and safety of your homeworkers?