Procedure for First Aid
Contractors Knowledge Base
This procedure is to ensure that anyone, (employees and others) who are injured as a result of the work activities of the company receive prompt and correct first aid.
When the company is sub-contracting on a site consultation with the principal contractor may decide that the company's employees are allowed to use the principal contractor's first-aid facilities and qualified first-aiders. Where this is not the case the company must provide first-aid facilities and a trained first-aider. This latter person must have successfully completed an HSE recognised first-aid course.
The company must also provide appropriate first-aid equipment in a suitable container. The content of a suitable first-aid kit, which depends on numbers of employees, is defined in the Approved Code of Practice to the Regulations. Pain relievers and other medicines must not be kept in first-aid boxes or be administered by first-aiders.
- The first-aider will be responsible for the upkeep and replenishment of the first-aid kit.
- On sustaining an injury the injured person will report to the first-aider who will assess the injury and carry out suitable first-aid.
- The details will be entered into the accident book. (B1510)
- Where the first-aider decides that the injured person requires further treatment the injured person will be sent to the nearest hospital accident and emergency unit. A report of this will be made to the senior company representative.
- Should a serious injury be sustained which renders the injured person unable to attend for first-aid, the nearest person will immediately inform the first-aider. The first-aider will immediately attend the injured person at the site of the accident, assess the injury and render any first-aid necessary.
- Dependent upon the extent of the injury the first-aider will send the nearest person to call an emergency ambulance and will continue to attend to the injured person pending its arrival.
- Once the injured person has been transported to hospital the first-aider will report to the senior company representative on the actions taken.
- The first-aider will complete the accident book with the relevant details.
- The senior company representative will contact the chief executive and report the details of the incident and the injuries.