All workplaces should have a first aid box and an appointed person in charge of first aid and where necessary calling emergency services. An employer has a common law duty of care to ensure that their actions or omissions do not cause or worsen injury to another person.
First aid is an emergency treatment given to an injured person or a person taken ill until full medical treatment is available.
It aims to:
Make casualty comfortable
Prevent condition from worsening
Actions to take
Assess the situation
Ensure your own safety
Make the surrounding area safe
Shout for help
Open air way
Check for normal breathing
Contact emergency services for assistance
Before providing first aid you must first check that:
You have an up-to-date first aid qualification
You have been appointed or authorized to give first aid
In all other cases and if in any doubt, call the ambulance by dialling an emergency number on your phone.