firstaid_signFirst Aid Room requirements

Where a first aid needs assessment deems this as necessary, employers should provide a suitable room for treatment. The room should contain essential first aid facilities and equipment and be easily accessible to stretchers. The room should ideally be reserved solely for first aid use and be clearly signposted and identified by white lettering or symbols on green background.

A first aid room will usually be necessary where there are higher hazards, or on larger sites.  A designated person should be responsible for supervising the first aid room.

First Aid rooms should:

  • be large enough to hold an examination couch (with space each side to work), a chair and any necessary additional equipment
  • have washable surfaces
  • have adequate heating, ventilation and lighting
  • be kept clean and tidy
  • be accessible and available for use at all times employees are in the workplace
  • be positioned as close as possible to an external access point
  • display a notice on the door advising of the names, locations and contact details of workplace first aiders

A typical First Aid Room may contain:

  • a sink with hot and cold running water
  • drinking water with disposable cups
  • soap and paper towels
  • storage for first aid materials
  • a foot operated refuse bin lined with yellow clinical waste bags / a container suitable for clinical waste
  • an examination couch with waterproof protection and disposable covering
  • clean pillows and blankets
  • a chair
  • a telephone or other means of communication
  • a record or accident book