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First aid needs checklist

First aid needs checklist

As you have considerable freedom in assessing your own first aid needs, make the most of it. With this in mind, use our checklist in order to help you determine what provisions your business actually needs.

First aid needs checklist

No business wants to spend money on providing a level of first aid which is inappropriate for the risks it faces, e.g. an office of 15 people will have different needs to a factory employing 100 staff. Therefore, you should invest a little time in identifying your own requirements. One easy way of doing this is to use a First Aid Needs Checklist. This is designed to highlight the main factors which will influence the level and nature of first aid provision. In order to gain an accurate picture, it should ideally be completed by a manager with a good understanding of your business. The key advantage is that it will enable you to justify why you have decided on a certain level of first aid provision - just in case there’s an accident and it becomes an issue. As with many of our checklists, it’s divided into four sections for ease of use:

Business organisation

The first and most substantial part of this checklist relates to your organisation. However, this doesn’t just refer to its physical layout, such as the number of floors and buildings, but also to how you organise your staff. By this we mean that you need to identify and factor in any extra risks from working patterns, such as shift and lone working. You also need to play the numbers game and work out how many staff you have that fit these categories.


Once you’ve done this, you can move onto the second section which looks at your staff in more depth. You need to consider if anyone has a disability or other known health problems that may require particular first aid treatment. Equally, you need to consider if you have, or are likely to have work experience students or members of the public that visit your premises.

Business risks

The next section prompts you to consider whether or not the nature of your business creates any additional risks that may require a greater level of first aid provision. For example, if you use dangerous chemicals or sharp tools, this is likely. Equally, if you use high-voltage electrical equipment, the personnel involved will need specific first aid training in this area, such as in dealing with burns and electric shocks.

Previous accident history

The last section considers your accident history, as this will guide you as to the type of problems that you’re likely to encounter, e.g. if there are any accident hotspots. There’s also space at the end for you to add any comments, or any further action that needs to be taken.


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