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Responsibilities of the First Aider (FAW and EFAW) are to:

  • respond promptly to calls for first aid assistance
  • as far as reasonably practical render assistance for which they are trained to prevent the condition of the casualty from deteriorating and if possible promote recovery
  • take charge of the casualty until a satisfactory recovery is achieved or until appropriate medical aid has taken over care of the casualty
  • complete a first aid treatment log book entry
  • ensure an accident/incident report is completed in accordance with departmental arrangements
  • maintain the validity of their certification i.e. attend requalification training every 3 years

NB If a first aid certificate is allowed to expire the individual must not act as a first aider at work.

The commitment expected from the the EFAW and FAW to maintain their competence is shown in the flowchart.

Responsibilities of the Appointed Person (First Aid) are to:

  • take charge when someone falls ill or is injured and call the emergency services if required.

NB An Appointed Person should not attempt to give first aid for which they have not been trained.


UCL Guidance

Medical (including mental health) emergencies at work

The Law

Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981

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