What is an appointed person?
When an employer's first-aid needs assessment identifies that a first-aider is not necessary, the minimum requirement is to appoint a person to take charge of first-aid arrangements. The role of this appointed person includes looking after the first-aid equipment and facilities and calling the emergency services when required. They can also provide emergency cover, within their role and competence, where a first-aider is absent due to unforeseen circumstances (annual leave does not count).
Do appointed persons need to undertake first-aid training?
To fulfil their role, appointed persons do not need first-aid training. However, emergency first-aid training courses are available.
Can appointed persons perform first aid, eg cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)?
Appointed persons are not first-aiders and should not attempt to give first aid for which they have not been trained.