Qcf Level 2 Unit 4222-267

Topics: First aid, Blood / Pages: 14 (3424 words) / Published: Jul 21st, 2013
Employers’ legal duties:

The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. These Regulations apply to all workplaces including those with less than five employees and to the self-employed. Detailed information can be found in First aid at work. The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981. Approved Code of Practice and guidance[2].
What is ‘adequate and appropriate’ will depend on the circumstances in the workplace. This includes whether trained first-aiders are needed, what should be included in a first-aid box and if a first-aid room is required. Employers should carry out an assessment of first-aid needs to determine what to provide.

The Regulations do not place a legal duty on employers to make first-aid provision for non-employees such as the public[3] or children in schools[4]. However, HSE ( Health and Safety Executive) strongly recommends that non-employees are included in an assessment of first-aid needs and that provision is made for them.

Assessment of first-aid needs

Employers are required to carry out an assessment of first-aid needs. This involves consideration of workplace hazards and risks, the size of the organisation and other relevant factors, to determine what first-aid equipment, facilities and personnel should be provided.

In All Care Settings there will be an Individual Appointed who is responsible for First Aid/First Aid Co-ordinator. Their main roles and responsibilities within the organization are: • Take charge following illness or injury at work. • Procure and maintain first aid equipment. • Assess the first aid need for the area of responsibility. • Liaise with other departments or employers when applicable to ensure adequate cover for a building during all regular hours of use. This includes

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