UK First Aid Legislation

All workplaces must appoint someone to take charge of first aid arrangements. This applies to the self-employed as well as sole traders.

The exact level of cover and the training course you need will be determined by HSE guidelines. Failure to comply with these guidelines or a disregard for the safety of your staff could result in substantial fines or even prosecution.

Adequate and appropriate personnel

Employers are required to provide “adequate and appropriate” equipment, facilities and personnel so employees can be given first aid if they are injured or become ill at work. These regulations apply to all workplaces including those who are self-employed.  What is “adequate" will depend on your workplace situation.

As well as being adequately trained, first aiders should be fully competent and confident in their skills so they can handle urgent and possibly life-threatening situations.

Assessment of First Aid Needs

Employers are required to carry out an assessment of their first aid needs every three years.

Things to consider include hazards, the size of the organisation, the industry type and other relevant factors.

More information

If you would like any further information on the HSE legal requirements you can read more on the HSE website or contact us directly on 0333 016 4224 or email us at

For further information about Active First Aid’s UK HSE Approved First Aid Courses please email Our staff will be pleased to hear from you and discuss any specific needs you may have.

UK First Aid at Work Training Courses