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General article from the Department of Education Website: 28th July 2011

Please note that the document below  from the Department of Education and Employment is undated – but seems to be the most recent. It refers to Appointed Person course which has now been superseded by the one day HSE Approved Emergency First Aid at Work – First Aid for Life offer this course as a combined paediatric and adult course specifically designed for Schools.

The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 set out first-aid provision in the work place, and require employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and qualified first-aid personnel.

The Health and Safety Commission (HSC) recommends that organisations such as schools, which provide a service for others, should include such other individuals in risk assessments and provide for them. Schools should therefore consider the likely risks to staff, pupils and visitors, and make allowances for them when drawing up policies and deciding on the numbers of first-aid personnel. Most schools will have first-aid arrangements in place but it is strongly recommended that all schools should develop their own first-aid policies and procedures based on an assessment of local need. Schools will need to assess numbers of first-aid personnel, equipment, accommodation and recording and reporting arrangements.

All staff must be informed of the first-aid arrangements: the location of equipment, facilities and first-aid personnel, and the procedures for monitoring and reviewing the school’s first-aid needs.

For further information, see Guidance on First Aid for Schools: A Good Practice Guide.

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