Employers must provide suitable and sufficient provisions for dealing with incidents that require immediate first aid. The extent of the first aid provision required depends on the size of the business, the number of employees and the risks presented by the business. The provision may range from an Appointed Person and basic first aid kit to several First Aiders or an Occupational Health Nurse and a first aid room with substantial supplies in premises where there are significant risks.

Initially employers need to assess the potential for accidents, injuries and work related ill health in the workplace. This should take into account the hazards associated with the business and severity of any injury that might reasonably be expected. When the assessment is completed it should be used to determine the basis of your first aid provision (such as first aid kits) and the number of first aid personnel (such as first-aiders or appointed persons).