Legal requirement

The Health & Safety (First-aid) Regulations 1981 require that an employer makes an assessment of the first-aid needs that are appropriate to the circumstances of their workplace. Having carried out the assessment and determined the need, the employer is then required to provide adequate and appropriate equipment and facilities and an appropriate number of suitably qualified first-aiders. Within the University each management unit is responsible for performing this risk assessment for its own activities and for providing the equipment and personnel which it identifies as being necessary.

Persons appointed to act as first-aiders should be given appropriate training which would involve attending a 3 day certificated first-aid at work training course. Departments in which there are particular hazards may require to have some staff undergo additional specialist training (e.g. for those dealing with hydrofluoric acid). Safety & Environmental Protection Service (SEPS) advise on and co-ordinate the provision of first-aid training for the University.

Types of courses (trainer lead)

First-aid at Work Courses
This is the type of training required by individuals who are to become nominated first-aiders within the University. The course is of three days duration and culminates in on-going examination of competence in practical and theoretical aspects of first-aid at work. The syllabus for this course is designed to meet first-aid competencies laid down by the Health & Safety Executive.

First-aid at Work refresher Courses
This two day course should be undertaken by individuals who already hold a first-aid at work certificate and who wish to renew it prior to its expiry date.

Specific Hazard Courses
Specialist courses can be arranged for small groups who have to deal with the first-aid needs which may arise from their potential exposure to specific hazards (e.g. cyanide or hydrofluoric acid). Such courses are typically of four hours duration.  In addition, courses can be arranged for groups who may undertake fieldwork.

Booking a training place

This course will be held in the Conference Room of the Isabella Elder Building which is located on the first floor.  PLEASE NOTE if you are unable to access the first floor of a building with no lift please advise as soon as possible. To check availability and to book a place on either of these courses please do so through CoreHR.  To do this, login to your CoreHR then click "Learning and Development". Under "Book a course" click the Category box to see the drop down menu then choose the course you wish to book i.e. First Aid at Work Course this will then give you a choice of courses and dates to book. Click the + sign to access course dates then book your course. To put your name on the waiting list for the next course you should email

A charge is made on the basis of recovery of costs for places on each of these courses and varies according to the type of course and number of people being trained. Indicative costs are £140 per person for courses of 3 days duration and £95 per person for 2 days.