What is an Appointed Person?

Someone who's responsible for first aid equipment and procedures within an organisation

Any organisation, however large or small, should have one or more people responsible for first aid.

In large organisations, there's usually a hierarchy of people, often with a Health and Safety manager holding day-to-day responsibility, ably supported by the company's first aiders. In smaller organisations, an operations manager may have first aid as one of his or her many responsibilities, or perhaps a senior first aider.

And in the smallest of organisations, where regulations don't require a trained first aider to be in post at all times, the company would have someone in charge of first aid equipment, procedures, signage and for the reporting of illnesses and injuries. That person is the 'Appointed Person'.

Does my organisation need an Appointed Person?

An organisation needs an appointed person if it does not need a formally trained first aider.  This is typically an organisation with very low risk factors and a very small number of staff.

Responsibilities of an Appointed Person

If your first aid risk assessment indicates that you do not need a trained first aider in your workplace, you should instead appoint someone who takes responsibility for all first aid arrangements.  This person should:

  • Look after first aid equipment and facilities
  • Be responsible for calling emergency services when required
  • Keep records of instances of illness or injury at work.

Even if you have one or more first aiders, an appointed person would take responsibility when the trained first-aider is unexpectedly unavailable.  However, an appointed person cannot stand in for a first aider for expected absences (such as annual leave).  In this case, more than one first aider should be available.

If your organisation does have first aiders, it would be normal for those first aiders to include the above responsibilities in their roles.

Appointed Person Training

There is no longer an official “appointed person’s first aid course”.  This was replaced by the one day Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) course when it was introduced in 2009.

The statutory EFAW course was introduced as a basic course for those business that don’t require a full 3-day First Aid at Work qualification, but do require more practical first aid knowledge than the old appointed person course included.  It covers the essential skills required to assist in an emergency, while awaiting the arrival of the Emergency Services.

You will find more details of all of our statutory workplace courses on our workplace first aid courses page.

If you need any further information, or would like to discuss the most appropriate course for your organisation, please do get in touch.  We will be very happy to help.