Let’s talk about your first aid training requirements. If you are looking for first aid training as an individual or for your workplace you need to be sure it’s right for you.
The sorts of questions you should be asking – does the training provider has qualified trainers, are they insured, are they a regulated company with quality assurance? Is my training a recognised qualification, is my certificate valid for my insurance company or is it an inhouse certificate that they may not accept? I have had to retrain people who have had insurance refused until they got the correct recognised certificate. This is costly as they have had to pay twice. You can make sure this does not happen to you by contacting your insurance company to find out what level of training they will accept to cover you.
Having the correct first aid provision in your workplace is not only a legal requirement, but also incredibly important for the safety of you and your employees. However, here at Wren Training, we know that it can be difficult to determine exactly how many first aiders you need and what type of training they require.
The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 require you to provide adequate and appropriate first-aid equipment, facilities, and people so your employees can be given immediate help if they are injured or taken ill at work.
Some small workplaces with low-level hazards may need only the minimum provision for first aid. But there are circumstances and factors that will mean you need greater provision. You, as an employer, are well placed to decide the provision you need. What is ‘adequate and appropriate’ will depend on the circumstances in your workplace and you should assess what your first-aid needs are (see first aid requirements calculator on our website).
It is important to remember that accidents and illness can happen at any time. Provision for first aid needs should always be available to people at work
Our First Aid Requirements Calculator is designed to be quick and easy to use, this online assessment tool uses the updated HSE regulations to accurately calculate the cover you need in your workplace.
Simply input a few details about your workplace and the calculator will create a clear, printable report of your organisation’s requirements – ideal for demonstrating that you have completed your first aid needs assessment in line with the current legislation.