Safer Places of Worship

First Aid

The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide “adequate and appropriate” equipment, facilities and personnel to enable first aid to be given.

Volunteers and unpaid workers are categorised as ‘employees’ and so adequate provision should be provided. This does not have to be made for non-employees but it is recommended.

Minimum Requirements

As an employer you must provide:

  • A suitably stocked first aid box and the first aid box should at least contain the following items:
    • a leaflet giving general first aid guidance;
    • 20 individually wrapped sterile adhesive dressings (plasters);
    • 2 sterile eye pads;
    • 4 individually wrapped sterile triangular bandages;
    • 6 safety pins;
    • 6 medium and 2 large individually wrapped un-medicated wound dressings;
    • 1 pair of disposable gloves;

      Tablets and medicines should not be in a first aid box.
  • an appointed person to take care of first aid arrangements. This person should take charge when someone suffers illness or injury, including calling an ambulance or taking the injured to hospital. They must also ensure that the first aid equipment and facilities are adequate. This person should be available at all times, and duties should be appointed to cover for absence and holidays;
  • notices informing employees where the first aid box is located and who is the appointed person is;
  • a trained first aider if the workplace gives rise to special hazards. A trained first aider has a qualification that the HSE approves and holds a valid certificate of competence in Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) or First Aid at Work (FAW). Refresher training courses are needed every three years to maintain First Aid at Work competence and accreditation. To keep up basic skills HSE recommends that all First Aiders attend annual refresher training.

For most small places of worship the minimum requirements should suffice, but it is recommended for your place of worship to carry out an assessment of the risks of injury or ill health in your workplace.

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