Safety Office

Section 4: Emergency First Aid Treatment

4.1 General Arrangements

The arrangements for first aid provision across the University are described in the University Code of Practice PDF format. This includes the selection and training of first-aiders, the contents of first aid boxes and the arrangements for obtaining first aid supplies.

Identifying appropriate provision of first aid is the responsibility of each School/Department – hazard profile, location and patterns of working are amongst the relevant factors to be taken into account. Lists of first-aiders for the School/Department etc or building, their location and internal phone number will be strategically located throughout the work area or next to first aid boxes. They will also be contained within the local safety policy.

4.2 First Aid Boxes

There are many first-aid boxes located at vantage points in the University’s buildings. Anyone working regularly in one place should note the position of the nearest box and the name of the First Aider responsible for it.

4.3 First Aid Training

Courses in first aid instruction for members of the University are arranged throughout the year by Occupational Health. Specific training for administering first aid in the event of cyanide or hydrofluoric acid exposure is similarly available.

4.4 First Aid Treatment of Casualties

Serious Injury:

The first object of treatment is to prevent deterioration in the injured person’s condition until medical assistance arrives. The patient should be moved as little as possible to prevent further injury.

  • Ensure a clear airway to enable the casualty to breathe. Should pulse/breathing have ceased send for help (8888).
  • Monitor the casualty’s pulse/breathing and commence resuscitation if able. Control bleeding by applying direct pressure on or near any wound.
  • Irrigate off most toxic or corrosive substances.

Do not give injured or unconscious casualties anything to drink eat or smoke.

Eye Injuries:

Injury from solid objects require medical attention. Splashes of any liquid in the eye must be regarded as potentially harmful. Irrigation of the eye with copious water should be commenced immediately and continued for 10 minutes.

All eye injuries should be referred to the Eye Casualty Department at the Queen's Medical Centre.


This is a medical emergency and urgent help should be summoned.

If the casualty is unconscious, place in the recovery position. Should the breathing or pulse cease commence resuscitation.

Burns and Scalds:

Irrigate the burnt area with cold water for at least ten minutes and then apply a loose, non- fluffy sterile dressing. Any blistering of the skin should not be punctured.

Cryogenic Burns:

Apply copious amounts of tepid water to the affected area of skin to reduce freezing in the tissue, loosen any clothing that may restrict blood circulation and move the injured person to a warm place but not a hot environment. Do not apply heat to any affected parts. To protect frozen areas apply a loose, non-fluffy sterile dressing. Seek medical attention.

Head Injury:

All head injuries must be seen by a qualified first aider and medical advice sought if the injury has involved even momentary loss of consciousness.


Wash thoroughly with water and apply a sterile dressing. If the wound was caused by a dirty object, it is advisable to seek medical advice regarding protection against infection, especially tetanus.

Dirty/Used Sharps Injuries, Body Fluid Splash to Eyes/Mouth:

The following steps should be taken after a Used/Dirty Sharps injury, e.g. contaminated syringe needle, scalpel blade, etc. or a human bite or scratch or splash of body fluid into the eyes or mouth. Unused/clean sharps do not present a risk.

Encourage wound to bleed and do not suck. Wash with soap and water, dry and apply a waterproof dressing. Use copious amounts of water to wash away a body fluid splash to the eyes or mouth. Notify the incident to your line manager, academic supervisor or other appropriate senior staff in the area. Complete an accident report form.

The infection risk will need to be assessed. If the injury is caused by a used or dirty sharp, human bite or scratch, human body fluid splash of known/unknown source the following procedure must be followed:

  • Immediately attend Accident & Emergency department at Nottingham University Hospital Queen Medical Centre: 0115 9249924
  • Additionally during normal hours contact Occupational Health:
      • Mon-Thursday: 0830 - 1630
      • Friday: 0900 - 1630
      • Tel: 0115 9514329
  • Outside normal hours:
      • Contact OH at first available time above.
  • OH MUST be provided with an incident risk assessment.
  • After A and E intervention the injured person should attend OH as soon as possible for potential HEP B vaccination and blood storage services.

The full procedure for sharps injury PDF format can be found through the Safety Office Policies and Guidance website.

Injuries Involved Radioactivity:

These should be dealt with in the manner laid down in the local rules on Radiation Safety.

Electric Shock:

If the Casualty is Unconscious
Switch off current and use an insulating material to pull the victim away from the conductor.

If the breathing and the pulse cease send for help and commence resuscitation.

If the Casualty is Conscious
Treat as for “shock” below.


This is a state of collapse, which may result from physical or emotional injury and symptoms range from faintness to complete collapse and unconsciousness.

The patient should be laid down and, if possible, the feet raised higher than the head. A shocked person needs reassurance and should not be moved unnecessarily. Keep a shocked case warm with a blanket. Severe shock is a medical emergency and an ambulance should be sent for - dial 8888.

4.5 Defibrillators (AEDS)

The University has a number of portable automated external defibrillators (AEDs) on its main campuses, both on security vehicles and in fixed locations. The equipment is intended for use by any person in emergency situations when a casualty has a serious cardiac rhythm disturbance causing unconsciousness, such as heart attack. AEDs are not effective for all cardiac emergencies but they are of benefit in a small proportion of acute emergencies. The quicker life saving first aid and an AED are used on a casualty, the better the outlook for survival. The University has response procedures in place to ensure that the AED and a trained operator reach the casualty promptly.

All staff have the opportunity to attend training/familiarisation sessions, these are publicised through the Safety Office website.

Detailed information on the arrangements including training and the emergency response procedure is available.

The locations of the AEDs are as follows:

(Further information on contact details and building access is available on the Safety Office Workspace.)

University Park
Chemistry Foyer
Coates Building, Telford Exchange, Building Attendant's Station
East Midlands Conference Centre, behind reception
Hallward Library, opposite front desk
Lakeside Arts Centre, Box Office
Law and Social Sciences Building, B19
Maths, entrance foyer
Physics Building, B218
Psychology, entrance foyer
Sports Centre, main reception area
Trent Building, Trent Security
Mobile Security Buildings
Jubilee Campus
Jubilee Sports Centre, reception area
Djanogly Learning Resources Centre, entrance 
King's Meadow Campus
Main Reception area
Rear staff entrance, corridor to left
Sutton Bonington
Main Building, adjacent to Enquiry Office
Plant Sciences, foyer
SVMS (Vet School), building foyer
Sports Centre, reception
Medical School, QMC
Floor foyer, near Security Office


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University Park
University of Nottingham
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