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8 out of 10 employers ignore First Aid Safety at Work ... Are you one of them?
The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate First Aid equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work.
These Regulations apply to all workplaces including those with less than five employees and to the self-employed.
What is 'adequate and appropriate' will depend on the circumstances in the workplace. This includes how many trained First Aiders and First Aid Kits are needed, and if a First Aid room is required. Employers must carry out a First Aid Risk Assessment to determine what to provide for their workplace.
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Judith Hackitt, the chair of HSE, says:
"Jobsworths using 'elf n safety as a convenient excuse for all manner of things, and those claiming health and safety is a burden, need to reflect on this. Britain has one of the best health and safety systems in the world, but that is cold comfort to those who have suffered loss or suffering that is so easily avoided with sensible and proportionate risk management."
“We all need to commit to focussing on what really matters - ensuring more people return home from work every day and enjoy long and healthy working lives.”
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