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Here are the following guidelines for the number and qualifications necessary for various workplace environments. For first aid at work purposes they are divided under two categories, lower and higher risk environments.

Risk Category

Number of Persons Employed

No. Of First Aid Personnel Required

Lower Hazard

e.g. shops, offices

1 - 24

At least 1 person who is appointed to recognise and deal with a first aid emergency. A one-day course is recommended.


25 - 50

1 person who has been emergency first aid trained.

Higher Hazard

e.g. engineering, kitchens, building sites

1 - 4

1 person who is appointed to recognise and deal with a first aid emergency. A one-day course is recommended.


5 - 100+

1 person who has been ‘first aid at work’ trained for every 50 employed. This is a 3 day course.

First Aid at Work

Health & Safety Guidelines (2010)