Health and Safety Training: Practical health and safety training - Emergency First Aid for Appointed Persons

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Legal Requirement

The Health & Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 place a duty on employers to ensure that all employees have access to appropriate first aid provision while they are at work.

Regulation 3(1)

‘An employer shall provide, or ensure that there is provides, such equipment and facilities as is adequate and appropriate in the circumstances to enable First Aid to be rendered to employees if they are injured of become ill at work’.

Regulation 3(2)

‘An employer shall provide, or ensure that there is provided, such a number of suitable persons as is adequate and appropriate in the circumstances, for rendering First Aid to employees’.

A suitable person, Regulation 3(2), is defined as either a First Aider or Appointed Person.

First Aider - A person who holds a current certificate of competence in First Aid issued by an organisation whose training and qualifications are approved by the Health and Safety Executive.

Appointed Person - In circumstances where a First Aider is not required, or in cases where a First Aider is absent due to unforeseen or exceptional circumstances, a person must be appointed to provide emergency cover should an employee be injured or become ill. Any such person should have basic First aid knowledge.

The number of suitable persons, (First Aiders/Appointed Persons), required will depend on a number of factors including type of work being carried out, type of equipment/chemicals (if any) being used, numbers of employees, shift patterns, distance of site from medical assistance, accident history.

A suitable assessment should be carried out to ascertain the number of persons required for rendering First Aid.

Selection of First Aiders/Appointed Persons

Points to be considered prior to appointing first aid personnel should include an individual’s:

Suggested Number of First Aid Personnel To Be Available At All times People Are At Work.

Category of Risk

Numbers Employed At Any Location

Suggested Number Of First Aid Personnel

 Lower Risk
shops, offices, libraries


Fewer than 50


More than 100

At least one Appointed Person

At least one First Aider

One additional First Aider for every 100 employed

 Medium Risk
Light engineering and assembly work, food processing, warehousing

Fewer than 20


More than 100


At least one Appointed Person

At least one First Aider for every 50 employed (or part thereof)

One additional First aider for every 100 employed

 Higher Risk
Most construction, slaughterhouse, chemical manufacture, extensive work with dangerous machinery


Fewer than 5


More than 50

Where there are hazards for which additional first aid skills are necessary

At least one Appointed Person

At least one First Aider

One additional First Aider for every 50 employed

In addition, at least one First Aider trained in the specific emergency action

 First Aid training for appointed persons should last 4-6hrs.

Emergency First Aid For Appointed Persons

Course Syllabus

Morning 9:15 – 13:00





9:00 - 9:15




Arrival of candidates

Sign register of attendance

Handout course materials


9:15 – 9:30




Health & Safety issues

Tutor introduction

Course aims and objectives


9:30 – 10:00


Roll & Responsibilities of Appointed Persons


Scene management

Communication and delegation of duties

Contacting emergency services

Record keeping

Maintaining first aid equipment


10:00 – 10:30


Aims and Priorities of
First Aid


Preserve life

Limit the effects of the condition

Promote recovery


10:30 – 10:45




10:45 – 11:30


Management of the Unconscious Casualty


Causes of unconsciousness

ABC assessment

Recovery position

Casualty monitoring


11:30 – 13:00


Basic Life Support (Resuscitation)


Definition of respiratory arrest

Definition of cardiac arrest

Recognition of respiratory/cardiac arrest

RC(UK) guidelines for BLS (Adult)

BLS practise

13:00 – 13:45



 Afternoon: 13:45 – 1630





13:45 –14:15


Wound Management/ Control of Bleeding


Recognition of major bleeding

Methods of controlling bleeding

Wound dressing

Treating minor wounds

Personal hygiene/Cross infection


14:15 –14:45



Management of Shock


Definition of shock

Causes of shock

Signs and symptoms of shock

Management of a casualty in shock


14:45 –15:10


Management of Burns and Scalds


Causes of burns and scalds

Assessment of burns

Rule of nines

Management of minor burns/scalds

Management of major burns/scalds


15:10 –15:30


Fracture Immobilisation


Causes of fractures

Signs and symptoms of fractures

Immobilisation of upper/lower limb fractures

Management of spinal injuries


15:30 –15:50


Recognition/Management of Cardiac Conditions


What is angina?

What is a heart attack?

Signs and symptoms of cardiac conditions

Management of a casualty suffering from chest pain


15:50 –16:05


Recognition/Management of Epilepsy


What is epilepsy?

Signs and symptoms of an epileptic seizure

Management of a casualty having an epileptic seizure


16:05 –16:20


Recognition/Management of Diabetes


What is diabetes?

Signs and symptoms of a diabetic collapse

Management of a diabetic collapse


16:20 –16:30





End of course evaluation

Issue of certificates


Assessment of Candidates

Candidates who attend the Emergency First Aid for Appointed Persons training course will be continuously assessed throughout the day by the course tutor.

The ability to demonstrate a range of first aid skills is essential.


Candidates who are able to demonstrate an appropriate level of first aid knowledge and skills will, on completion of training, be issued with an attendance certificate. Successful candidates will then be able to undertake the role of Appointed Persons in the workplace.

Number of Delegates: Min 4 - Max 12 persons

Cost of course: For details please contact us

Location: Course to be held at the Client’s Site or Workplace

Contact Us:

Cooper Safety Associates
Mobile: 07831 342576