HSE

The HSE regulations are primarily about providing appropriate first aid cover for your staff (although they recommend that if you regularly have visitors, their numbers should be taken into account too). As of 2013, there are two levels of training;
 
  • Emergency first aid at work (EFAW), which is a one day course repeated every three years.

 

  • First aid at work (FAW), which consists of a three day initial course followed every three years by a two day refresher course.
 
The HSE recommend that on any given day you should have at least as many first aiders available as shown in the table below. These numbers are the absolute minimum expected to be present on any working day, so you'll need more than this to cover annual leave and other absences.
 
 Level of risk  Number of staff  Suggested number of first aiders
 Low

Fewer than 25

25-50

More than 50

At least one appointed person*

At least one EFAW

At least one FAW for every 100 employees

 High

Fewer than 5

5-50

More than 50

At least one appointed person*

At least one EFAW

At least one FAW for every 50 employees

 
*An appointed person is simply someone who has been appointed to take charge of first aid arrangements for your organisation. They don't have to be trained in first aid, but they would be responsible for making sure first aid kits are supplied, dialling 999 and filling in accident report forms.
 
It's also recommended that all first aiders take part in some form of annual refresher training, but this is a recommendation, not a requirement.
 
This information is also available on the HSE website at http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg214.pdf

I certify my courses through Rescue Emergency Care. You can see how they satisfy the HSE requirements at http://recfirstaid.net/Due-Diligence