About the Risk Assessment of First Aid needs system
Risk Assessment of First Aid Needs (RAOFAN®)
In order to produce a risk assessment of First Aid needs, consideration of workplace hazards and risks, the size of the organisation and other relevant factors need to be taken into account in order to determine what First Aid equipment, facilities and personnel should be provided. This programme will provide employers with detailed information about their considerations and relevant factors, enabling them to determine their needs.
The regulations do not place a legal duty on employers to make First Aid provisions for
non-employees, such as the public or children in schools. However, the HSE strongly recommends that non-employees are included in an assessment of First Aid needs and that provision is made
Are you complying with the law?
The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate 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 whether trained First Aiders are needed, what should be included in a First Aid box and if a First Aid room is required. Employers should carry out an assessment of First Aid needs to determine what to provide.
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