Information for First Aiders

Important update on campus Automated External Defibrillators (AED's)

The current location of AEDs on the Edgbaston campus are:

  • Main Library – Ground floor first aid room
  • The Medical School – Main reception on the wall
  • The Education Building - Ground floor reception desk
  • SPORTEX – 2nd floor by the gents’ toilets
  • University Sport and Fitness:
    Lower ground floor, pool timing office
    Ground floor, reception
    First floor, gym office
    Second floor, performance centre reception
  • Winterbourne, behind the reception desk 
  • Security:
    1 in each mobile security van (there are 2)
    1 in the central security control room (back of Aston Webb
    1 at Selly Oak Campus

Location of AEDs off campus: 

  • High Temperature Research Centre
  • The Raymond Priestley Centre, Coniston 
  • All University-run nurseries

Public Liability Insurance Cover for First Aiders

All University staff who are qualified as first aiders and have attended a University of Birmingham First Aid at Work course, are indemnified under the University Public Liability insurance policy when administering first aid during the course of their daily duties, or during their lunch break, or journey into or from work.

Transport to Hospital other than by ambulance

If an ambulance is not required but the casualty is in need of assessment at the nearest Accident and Emergency department a taxi will be provided.  The FAW/EFAW accompanies the casualty in this instance. Private cars should not be used.

Blood-borne viruses

Blood-borne viruses (BBV) are viruses that some people carry in their blood and which may cause severe disease in certain people and few or no symptoms in others.  The virus can spread to another person, whether the carrier of the virus is ill or not.

Blood-borne viruses of concern for First Aiders are Hepatitis B, C and HIV.  However, the risk of being infected with a BBV while carrying out first aid is small. 

The following precautions can be taken to reduce the risk of infection:

  • cover any cuts or grazes on your skin with a waterproof dressing
  • wear suitable disposable gloves when dealing with blood or any other body fluids
  • use suitable eye protection and a disposable plastic apron where splashing is possible
  • use a resusciaid when you give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, but only if you have been trained in its use
  • wash your hands after each procedure

Hepatitis B immunisation

University first aiders are offered protection against Hepatitis B, free of charge by the University Occupational Health Unit.

The immunisation consists of a series of three injections, given in the muscle of the upper arm, over a period of three months.  Six to eight weeks after the completion of the course a blood sample is taken to test the immunity level. If a satisfactory level of immunity is achieved, a booster dose is given five years later.  If you would like to take up this offer or discuss the matter further, please contact to arrange an appointment.

Useful links

A-Z of topics

Contact for First Aid Advice  

First Aid Courses

Accident/Incident reporting 

 Policy and appendices

First Aid Policy (PDF 733KB)

Risk assessment guidance for first aid provision (PDF 179KB)

First Aid Notice (MS WORD 27KB)

Health assessment for first aid training questionnaire (PDF 63KB)

Record of First Aid Treatment Form (PDF 12KB)

First Aid kits - recommended contents (77 KB)



Specific injuries and incidents

Chemical contact procedure
(PDF 22KB)

Hydrogen fluoride letter to 
hospital casualty officer

Biological puncture wounds
and splashes

Needlestick injuries

Blood-borne viruses information (MS WORD 32KB)