Types of First Aid Personnel
What is an appointed person?
An appointed person is someone you choose to:
- take charge when someone is injured or falls ill, including calling an ambulance if required;
- look after the first-aid equipment, e.g. take responsibility for restocking the first-aid box.
Appointed persons should not attempt to give first aid for which they have not been trained, though short emergency first-aid training courses are available to help them to deal with emergency incidents. We can provide suitable 4 hour emergency aid courses.
How is a first aider different?
A first aider is someone who has undergone a training course in first aid at work, or emergency first aid at work, and holds a current certificate. First Aid Training Associates has been providing suitable first aid courses since 1989. You may decide, following your first-aid assessment, that you need one or more first aiders. A first aider can undertake the duties of an appointed person.
Refer to the first aid requirements table after working through the assessment checklist. The table offers suggestions on how many first aiders or appointed persons might be needed in relation to categories of risk and number of employees. The details in the table are suggestions only – they are not definitive nor are they a legal requirement. It is for you to assess your first-aid needs in the light of your particular circumstances.
Do your employees understand the first aid arrangements?
You must inform your employees of the first aid arrangements. Putting up notices telling staff who and where the first aiders or appointed persons are and where the first-aid box is will usually be sufficient. Don’t forget, however, that you will need to make special arrangements to give first-aid information to employees with reading or language difficulties.