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What do I need to know about First Aid at Work?

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.

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Managing Health and Safety for small businesses

Every employer has a duty to look after the health and safety of anyone who may be affected by their business activities. The duties for small businesses are just the same as those for larger businesses. This may seem overwhelming, but getting things in place for small businesses might be a lot easier than you think.

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