First Aid at Seaham Safety Services

Since Novemeber 2015 we are now running Highfield accredited First Aid courses here at Seaham Safety Services!

With a little help from the Health and Safety Executive we have some frequently asked questions regarding First Aid at Work

First of all many people ask the question: What is first aid at work?

People at work can suffer injuries of be taken ill. It doesn’t matter whether the injury or illness is caused by the work they do or not, it is important to give them immediate attention and call an ambulance in serious cases. You should make arrangements to ensure this happens. It can save lives and prevent minor injuries becoming major ones.

One of the main questions regarding First Aid is: What does my employer have to do on first aid?

The answer is that your employer is expected to have:

  • Completed a First aid needs assessment
  • Ensured that there is either an appointed person to take charge of first aid arrangements or, if necessary, there are appropriate numbers of suitably trained first-aiders.
  • Ensured their are adequate facilities and a suitable stocked first aid box
  • Provided you with information about the first aid arrangements

Another frequently asked question about First Aid is: What should a first-aid box in the workplace contain?

The decision on what to provide will be influenced by the findings of the first-aid needs assessment. As a guide, where work activities involve low hazards, a minimum stock of first-aid items might be:

  • a leaflet giving general guidance on first aid (for example, HSE’s leaflet Basic advice on first aid at work);
  • individually wrapped sterile plasters (assorted sizes), appropriate to the type of work (hypoallergenic plasters can be provided if necessary);
  • sterile eye pads;
  • individually wrapped triangular bandages, preferably sterile;
  • safety pins;
  • large sterile individually wrapped unmedicated wound dressings;
  • medium-sized sterile individually wrapped unmedicated wound dressings;
  • disposable gloves (for advice on┬álatex gloves please see (Selecting latex gloves)

This is only a suggested contents list.

Employers may wish to refer to British Standard BS 8599 which provides further information on the contents of workplace first-aid kits.

Whether using a first-aid kit complying with BS 8599 or an alternative kit, the contents should reflect the outcome of the first-aid needs assessment.

It is recommended that you don’t keep tablets and medicines in the first-aid box.

If you would like to book a first aid course at Seaham Safety contact us on 0191581 8400 or email:

Source: HSE