Why learn First Aid?

Act of Solidarity

We all recognise the immeasurable value of preserving life, however many of us still lack the knowledge and ability to act in emergencies.
Wouldn’t it be reassuring to know that there are people all around who could help if you are injured or have a sudden medical emergency?
We all have the capacity to learn and provide first aid to save a life.


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.

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 or children in schools, however we strongly recommend that non-employees are included in an assessment of first aid needs and that provision is made for them.

Further guidance can be found making adequate and appropriate provision for first aid in First Aid at Work:

The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 – Guidance on Regulations