Although it’s not a legal requirement that all employers have a fully trained first aider, someone must be appointed to take charge of health and safety in the workplace.
Regardless of the size of the company, you are legally obliged to plan for the provision of first aid at work. Employers must make sure that someone is always available to give or arrange first aid. At the minimum you should have a first aid kit to hand.
However, some industries do require there to be at least one person trained in this area. The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 provides guidance for businesses regarding this area.
For instance, in the childcare sector, anyone in sole charge of the children for any period should hold a current paediatric first aid certificate. Furthermore, paediatric first aid training must be renewed every 3 years and should be relevant for workers caring for young children and where relevant, babies.
Fresh Air Training regularly runs first aid courses for those working in the childcare industry, including outdoors.
Our training includes our Forest School First Aid course which is ideal for anyone working in or leading kids outdoors. We also have a Paediatric First Aid course that’s suitable in a classroom or an outdoor setting. It can be tailored to meet your individual needs.
If you work as a RYA instructor, you will need to do a RYA First Aid course, which is widely available and designed for the specific demands of providing first aid afloat. Fresh Air Training is an approved centre for this type of training.
If you want to know if first aid courses are mandatory in your industry, our experts are always happy to help.