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Suggested numbers of first-aid personnel to be available
at all times people are at work


1 From your risk assessment, what degree of hazard is associated with your work activities?

2 How many employees do you have?

3 What first-aid personnel do you need?

4 What injuries and illness have previously occurred in your workplace?

5 Have you taken account of the factors below that may affect your first-aid provision?


Low hazard
e.g. offices, shops, libraries

Less than 25

At least one appointed person

1.Ensure any injuries and illness that might occur can be dealt with by the first- aid personnel you provide

2. Where first-aiders are shown to be unnecessary, there is still a possibility of an accident or sudden illness, so you may wish to consider providing qualified first-aiders

1.Inexperienced workers or employees with disabilities or particular health problems

2. Employees who travel a lot, work remotely or work alone

3. Employees who work shifts or out of hours

4. Premises spread out across buildings/floors

5. Workplace remote from emergency medical services

6. Employees working at sites occupied by other employers

7. Planned and unplanned absences of first-aiders/ appointed persons

8. Members of the public who visit the workplace


At least one first-aider trained in EFAW

More than 50

At least one first-aider trained in FAW
for every 100 employed (or part thereof)

Higher hazard
e.g. light engineering and assembly work, food processing, warehousing, extensive work with dangerous machinery
or sharp instruments, construction, chemical manufacture

Less than 5

At least one appointed person


At least one first-aider trained in EFAW or FAW depending on the type of injuries that might occur

More than 50

At least one first-aider trained in FAW
for every 50 employed (or part thereof)


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