First Aid Rooms

First Aid Room Requirement

You should provide a suitable first-aid room(s) where your first-aid needs assessment identifies this as necessary.

It is a legal requirement for some organisations. A first-aid room will usually be necessary where there are higher hazards such as in chemical industries or on large construction sites, and in larger premises at a
distance from medical services.

First Aid Room Facilities

Typical examples of the equipment and facilities a first-aid room may contain are:

  • First-aid rooms should:

  • be large enough to hold an examination/medical couch, with enough space at each side for people to work

  • a chair and any necessary additional equipment

  • have washable surfaces and adequate heating, ventilation and lighting

  • be kept clean, tidy, accessible and available for use at all times when
    employees are at work;

  • be positioned as near as possible to a point of access for transport to hospital;

  • display a notice on the door advising of the names, locations and, ifappropriate, telephone extensions of first-aiders and how to contact them.

  • a sink with hot and cold running water;

  • drinking water and disposable cups;

  • soap and paper towels;

  • a store for first-aid materials;

  • foot-operated refuse containers, lined with yellow, disposable clinical waste bags or a container suitable for the safe disposal of clinical waste;

  • an examination/medical couch with waterproof protection and clean pillows and blankets;

  • a chair;

  • a telephone or other communication equipment; and

  • a record book for recording incidents attended by a first-aider or appointed person.

First-aid room access

 

If possible, the room should be reserved specifically for providing first aid and a designated person (first-aider or appointed person) should be given responsibility for supervising it. The room should be easily accessible to stretchers and be clearly signposted and identified.

If the first-aid room(s) cannot be reserved exclusively for giving first aid, employers need to make sure that the first-aid facilities can be made available quickly if necessary. For example, they should consider the implications of whether:

  • the activities usually carried out in the room can be stopped immediately in an emergency;

  • the furnishings and equipment can be moved easily and quickly to a position that will not interfere with giving first aid;

  • the storage arrangements for first-aid furnishings and equipment allow them to be made available quickly when necessary.