HSE Requirements Table

What ARe the HSE First Aid Requirements for your Business?

The table below is a standard table to help you assess how many First Aiders you need, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). If you are a low hazard work place with less than 25 staff, you should still consider having a First Aider.

Start by undertaking a risk assessment to decide if you are low or  high hazard employer. If you need assistance to do this then please contact our team at bookings [@] riskadvisoryservice.co.uk

From your risk assessment, what degree of hazard is associated with your work activities?
How many employees do you have?
What first aid personnel do you need?
What injuries and illnesses have previously occurred in your workplace?
Have you taken account of the factors below that may affect your first aid provision?
Low Hazard

e.g. offices, shops, libraries

Fewer than 25



At least 1 appointed person



  • Ensure any injuries or illnesses that may occur can be dealt with by the First Aider you provide
  • Where First Aiders are shown to be unnecessary seriously consider having one First Aider
  • Inexperienced workers or workers with disabilities or particular health problems
  • Employees who travel a lot, work remotely or alone
  • Out of hours coverage for those on non-standard hours
  • Cover for employees in multiple different buildings
  • Enough qualified and confident first aiders to cover absences


25 – 50  

At least 1 EFAW trained First Aider


More than 50 At least 1 EFAW trained First Aider for every 100 employed (or part thereof)
Higher Hazard

e.g. lighting engineering, assembly work, food processing, warehousing, extensive work with dangerous machinery, sharp instruments, construction, chemical manufacturing etc.



Fewer than 5



At least 1 appointed person (EFAW)
5 – 50


At least 1 FAW trained First Aider
More than 50 At least 1 FAW for every 50 employed (or part thereof)