First aid for churches

09 December 2019

Help your church prepare so that you can act promptly if someone is taken ill or is injured.

A typical first aid box and some of the contents that is usually included

Church first aid kit requirements

Administering first aid can save lives and may prevent minor injuries from becoming major ones. If you are an employer you must: 

  • Provide adequate and appropriate first aid equipment and facilities 
  • Provide a suitable number of qualified first aiders 
  • Appoint a person to take charge where first aiders are temporarily absent or the provision of first aiders is not necessary (due to the nature of the activities; the number of employees; and location)
  • Inform employees and volunteers of the first aid provisions made – including the location of any equipment or facilities and the identity of the first aider(s) or appointed person(s).
If your church or church hall is small with low-level hazards (the type found in offices and shops), you may only need to:
  • Appoint a person to take charge of first-aid arrangements
  • Provide a suitably stocked first-aid kit.
For larger churches, those running certain events or having other activities, you may need additional arrangements and facilities – possibly including trained first-aiders.
Employers are not required by law to make first-aid provision for non-employees (such as, the public). However, it is strongly recommended that they are included in any assessment of first-aid needs and that provision is made for them.

First aid kit list for churches

There is no mandatory list of items that need to be kept in your first aid kit. This will depend on your particular circumstances, for example you may need additional first aid equipment for treating burns in a kitchen area.

A minimum stock of first aid items could include:

  • A leaflet giving general guidance on first aid (e.g. HSE’s leaflet ‘Basic advice on first aid at work’, INDG347(rev2).’
  • Individually wrapped sterile plasters (assorted sizes) 
  • Sterile eye pads 
  • Individually wrapped triangular bandages, preferably sterile 
  • Safety pins 
  • Large sterile individually wrapped unmedicated wound dressings 
  • Medium-sized sterile individually wrapped unmedicated wound dressings 
  • Disposable gloves. 

Please note - tablets and medication should not be kept in the box.