In this guide, we'll show you how to meet the legal requirements for displaying first aid signs in your work place. We'll give you advice on where to buy these signs and where you should mount them. Read on to find out what you need to be doing to protect yourself and your employees from work place injury.
For any businesses, whether it be new or an existing enterprise, it is the owner's responsibility to make sure that the work place is a safe place for all employees. A risk assessment should be performed and any part of the workplace which has the potential to cause harm to employees or plan equipment should be marked with the appropriate signs. You are legally required to display the health and safety law poster in a place which can be viewed by all employees. You are also required to report accidents by using an accident report book.
Any accident which causes down time or significant injury should be reported to the health and safety executive. Buildings should also display emergency fire signs which note muster points and fire exits. Mandatory sign
The final piece of mandatory sign is to comply with the 2007 no smoking legislation.
Any public building should display a non smoking symbol.
Failure to display such signs can lead to a £1000 non compliance fine. If you are unsure as to what sign you should be displaying in your place of work, then it may be worth hiring a health and safety consultant to assess your site.
First aid kits
Health and Safety regulation
In addition to having the correct signs in your building, according to the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1982, you should:
"provide, or ensure that there are provided, such equipment and facilities as are adequate in the circumstance for enabling first aid to be rendered to employees should they become ill or injured at work" First aid kits
This means the type of first aid kit requirements will vary, depending on the hazards in your work place and the number of employees on site. First aid kits and box contents can be bought for a variety of situations including burns kits, optical health kits and general first aid cabinets.
Regardless, it is your employer's duty to make sure that the equipment is provided and that there is a trained personnel on site.