There is risk in all aspects of daily life, but as an employer you are particularly responsible for the health and wellbeing of your employees. That means you need to have a robust health and safety policy in place, and an important part of that is first aid. No matter how low-risk you consider your workplace to be, it’s impossible to say it’s zero-risk. People will find ways to injure themselves with paper, water, chairs and steps, but clearly there are risks present wherever there is electricity, sharp implements, power tools or toxic substances. That’s why a risk assessment is a required first step in any decisions as to implementing first aid measures. Where there is machining or work with chemicals, for example, there will usually be a need for eyewash posts to be placed close to the places deemed most risky. There will be occasions where stretchers, breathing apparatus and defibrillators will be advisable, and antidotes and specialist remedies should be placed near known biohazards and poisons as appropriate. However, even where risk is minimal, for example in an everyday office, there should be first aid boxes available to treat the minor cuts, grazes and bumps that are an inevitable part of life – just as most people have in their homes. Furthermore, each member of staff should know exactly where to find it and it should be checked regularly to make sure it’s well stocked with plasters, bandages, sterile wipes, eye wash etc. First aid is covered by the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 and first aid kits must be compliant with BS 8599-1, which has recommendations for the number of kits required for businesses of various sizes, as well as the contents that must be inside them. As well as the kits, you might need first-aiders too. These are people who work on the premises on a daily basis who have undergone first aid training on a recognised course, which we provide. Please contact us to enquire.