First aid at work does not include giving tablets or medicines to treat illness. The exception to this is aspirin, which may be appropriate for a conscious, adult casualty over the age of 16, suspected of having a heart attack. This is in line with currently accepted practice. Aspirin can have severe complications, it should never be given in the event of a suspected stroke or if you are in any doubt that the casualty is safe to take it. Always take advice from emergency services staff.
No medication, including aspirin should be stored in the first aid container. Employees may need to carry their own medication e.g an asthma inhaler, insulin or adrenaline auto-injector. If an individual needs to take their own prescribed medication, the role of the first aider is to assist them to do so and pass this information on to the Emergency Services.