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FIRST AID ARRANGEMENTS

INTRODUCTION

First Aiders are trained so they are capable to respond promptly to calls for first aid assistance irrespective of who needs the assistance ie they are a UCL and not just a departmental role holder. The aim is to ensure that adequate numbers of trained first aiders are allocated in the appropriate area and circumstance.

FIRST AID ASSESMENT BY BUILDING

UCL Safety Services has carried out a baseline assessment of the numbers and types of first aiders required on a building by building basis. The assessment considered the following factors:

  • the type of workplace e.g. office or laboratory
  • building occupancy, size and layout
  • the hazards present
  • the location of the nearest A&E
  • accident records

The assessment identified the need for 3 levels of first aid provision:

1. Buildings with low occupancy and low risk activities only e.g. office based work will require 2 or more Appointed Persons (First Aid). This role does not need specific first-aid training.

2. Buildings with high occupancy and low-medium risk activities e.g. laboratory based work will require a number of staff trained in Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW 1-day certificated course).

3. In addition to the building baseline assessment Departments with higher risk activities e.g. workshops using cutting and welding equipment will require staff trained in First Aid at Work (FAW 3 day certificated course).

The baseline assessment for each building has been published at the following link: First aid baseline assessment

NB E-mail Safety Services if your building doesn't appear on the list.

FIRST AID ASSESSMENT FOR SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES OR SPECIALIST AREAS

Departments undertaking the following specific activities or with specialist areas will be assessed separately. Examples include:

  • Fieldwork
  • Areas dealing with the public e.g. museums and theatres
  • UCLU bars and cafes
  • UCLU sports and gym facilities
  • Libraries
  • Student Residences
  • Areas that are secure or have restricted access e.g. NMRs, CL3 laboratories, clean rooms etc

NB Staff who have the First Aid at Work Certificate, but are located in an area or move to an area which is assessed as not requiring a first aider with this certificate, will continue to be given refresher training to maintain that competence should they wish.

First aid certificates held by new UCL employees will only be maintained by UCL if there is a need in the building, specialist area or activity where the individual is employed.

USEFUL LINKS

UCL Guidance

Medical (including mental health) emergencies at work

The Law

Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981


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