What Are The Responsibilities Of A First Aider?

What Are The Responsibilities Of A First Aider?

What Are The Responsibilities Of A First Aider?

First Aid is the help given to someone who is injured or ill, to keep them safe until they can get more advanced medical treatment by seeing a doctor, health professional or go to hospital.

The role of a first aider is to give someone this help, while making sure that they and anyone else involved are safe and that they don’t make the situation worse.

A first aider has various responsibilities when dealing with an emergency situation.

A first aider should:

  • Manage the incident and ensure the continuing safety of themselves, bystanders and the casualty
  • Assess casualties and find out the nature & cause of their injuries
  • Arrange for further medical help or other emergency services to attend
  • If trained, priorities casualties based upon medical need
  • Provide appropriate first aid treatment as trained
  • If able, make notes/observations of casualties
  • Provide a handover when further medical help arrives
  • Fill out any paperwork as required

The first aider is to provide immediate, lifesaving, medical case before the arrival of further medical help. This could include performing procedures such as:

  • Placing an unconscious casualty into the recovery position
  • Performing Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Using an automated external defibrillator (AED)
  • Stopping bleeding using pressure and elevation
  • Keeping a fractured limb still

A first aider’s overall aim should be to preserve life. Other aims of first aid include preventing the worsening of the patient’s condition and to promote recovery.

The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate first aid equipment, facilities and people so your employees can be given immediate help if they are injured or taken ill at work.

What is ‘adequate and appropriate’ will depend on the circumstances in your workplace. The minimum first aid provision on any work site is a suitably stocked first aid kit and an appointed person to take charge of first aid arrangements.

It is important to remember that accidents and illness can happen at any time. Provision for first aid needs to be available at all times when people are at work. This incudes when driving or working away from site.

Take a look at our First Aid Needs Assessment document to find out what type of first aid course you need.

About The Author

Cory Jones

Cory is a graduate of the prestigious WEMSI school (Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician), and a qualified teached with a masters degree in Environmental Management. He has lead expeditions worldwide (currently an International Mountain Leader) and is a director of Outdoor First Aid Limited. Cory Jones has worked in the outdoor industry for over 30 years. He first ran first aid training courses for the Red Cross in 2001. Cory has been a provider for SQA, ITC, REC, Highfield, Open College Network over the years. In 2008 Cory set up First Aid Academy in the Lancashire area and won the ‘New Business of the Year 2008 Award’. By 2010 he was running nearly 250 first aid training courses a year. Today, Cory is a director of Outdoor First Aid Limited as well as being a founder of the First Aid Training Co-operative.