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Q7: How many appointed persons or first-aiders do I need?

There are no hard and fast rules on exact numbers. It will depend on the circumstances of your workplace. After working through the checklist in Table 1, refer to Table 2 which provides a general guide on how many appointed persons or first-aiders you might need. The numbers given in Table 2 are suggestions only. You should assess your first-aid needs in the light of your particular circumstances.

Where there are special circumstances, such as shift work or sites with several buildings, there may need to be more first-aid personnel than set out in Table 2. You will need increased provision to cover for absences.

Q8: Do I have to do anything else?

You have to inform your employees of the first-aid arrangements. Putting up notices telling staff who and where the first-aiders or appointed persons are and where the first-aid box is will usually be enough. You will need to make special arrangements to give first-aid information to employees with reading or language difficulties.

Q9: Where can I get further information?

Lists of first-aid training organisations and Awarding Bodies are available from HSE’s Infoline (see below).

Information on first aid at work is available on the first aid web pages of HSE’s website at

More detailed practical guidance on complying with your first-aid duties is available in First aid at work. The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981. Approved Code of Practice and guidance L74 HSE Books 2009 ISBN 978 0 7176 6260 9.

You may also find the following publications helpful:

The free leaflet Basic advice on first aid at work INDG347(rev1) HSE Books 2006 (single copy free or priced packs of 20 ISBN 978 0 7176 6193 0)

Two first aid posters: Basic advice on first aid at work HSE Books 2006 ISBN 978 0 7176 6195 4 and Electric shock: First aid procedures HSE Books 2006 ISBN 978 0 7176 6203 6.

The free leaflet Latex and you Leaflet INDG320 HSE Books 2000

First aid at work: your questions answered

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