How to appoint a good first aider

Having a first aider in your business is a legal requirement. They are there to ensure that any accidents are dealt with on site and provide a go to person for a variety of issues.

But how can you make sure that you have picked the perfect first aider?

We believe that it is those personal skills that make for the ideal first aider, and whilst it is vital that they are fully trained, the following attributes are what you should look out for.

Good communication skills

Being a first aider doesn’t only mean that you need to feel comfortable talking to those that are sick or injured, but also is vital when it comes to speaking to the paramedics or other emergency services who may need to be involved.

Calm under pressure

Whilst the majority of situations that require first aid can be quite “normal”, such as cuts or scrapes. There are times when first aid needs to be applied in a severe emergency, such as cardiac arrest. It is important that the person you have selected to be your first aider is able to stay calm even when the situation is incredibly pressured.

Ability to be recognised as a leader

During an emergency people will want to have someone to look to for guidance or simply to calm them down. This is where you will need your first aider to have the ability to take control and command what could possibly become a volatile situation. They will also need to pass on instructions and ask people to assist.


Appointing someone as a first aider who is going to run away at the first sign of an emergency is not going to end well. Therefore, it is important to find someone who is willing to tackle any situations, rather than someone who simply wants to add a certificate to their wall.


Whilst many of the things you need to be a good first aider are personal skills, it is important that they also have the required knowledge and qualifications too.

There are a number of different courses available to study, all of which cover the fundamental basics of first aid. There are also courses that are tailored to work based situations and can give them the knowledge that they need.

Often these courses take 2 to 3 days and can be completed in house (if you have a number of employees that need to be trained) or off site.

So now you know more about what to look for in your first aider, hopefully you can find the perfect person amongst the staff that you have.

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