First aid treatment for minor injuries

Essential first aid training for minor injuries: Why it matters

Minor injuries are likely to occur in any workplace, school, or public space. From cuts and scrapes to sprains and minor burns, these common incidents require prompt and effective first aid response. The Mandatory Training Group's first aid courses equip individuals with the skills and confidence needed to manage these minor injuries, ensuring safety and well-being in various settings.

Key facts and statistics

Statistically, minor injuries are the most frequent health issues that occur in both public spaces and workplaces. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), over 69,208 non-fatal injuries were reported in the UK workplaces in 2021/22. Quick and correct first aid response not only eases the victim's pain but can also prevent complications, such as infections or long-term damage.

Key definitions

  • First aid - Immediate care given to someone who is injured or suddenly taken ill, before professional medical help is available.
  • Minor injuries - Injuries that do not pose a direct threat to life but require intervention to prevent worsening, such as abrasions, minor cuts, sprains, and small burns.

Relevant legislation and best practices

First aid provision in the workplace is governed by several UK regulations, including:

  • The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 - This regulation requires employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities, and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work.
  • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 - Employers must assess the first aid needs based on workplace hazards and risks.

Best practices in first aid for minor injuries include

  • Risk assessment - Regularly assessing the workplace or environment for potential hazards that can cause injuries.
  • First aid kits - Keeping well-stocked first aid kits accessible in prominent locations.
  • Training and information - Providing regular training on first aid techniques, and ensuring information on how to handle minor injuries is readily available.

Managing minor injuries with first aid

Cuts and scrapes

  • Immediate action - Clean the wound with water and mild soap.
  • Prevention of infection - Apply an antibiotic ointment and cover with a sterile bandage.


  • Immediate action - Apply the RICE method – Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.
  • Monitoring - Keep the sprain immobilised and seek medical advice if pain worsens.


  • Immediate action - Run cool (not cold) water over the burn for several minutes.
  • Avoiding complications - Do not apply ice, as this can cause further skin damage.


  • Regular training - Engage in first aid training every three years to refresh skills and update knowledge on the latest practices.
  • Accessible information - Display clear instructions on dealing with common minor injuries in high-risk areas.


Understanding how to handle minor injuries through proper first aid is crucial. It not only helps provide immediate relief but also prevents potential health complications. Investing in quality first aid training, like that offered by The Mandatory Training Group, ensures that your organisation meets regulatory requirements and provides a safer environment for all.

Prepare to handle everyday injuries confidently. Click here to explore our comprehensive first aid training courses and qualifications and ensure you and your team are equipped to handle minor health emergencies effectively. Ensure safety, promote well-being, and meet compliance standards with our expert-led training solutions.

Disclaimer: This blog is for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. Always seek professional medical assistance in emergency situations.

About the author

Rose Mabiza

Rose has dedicated over 15 years to improving health and social care quality through practice, targeted education and training. Her extensive experience includes working with older adults, individuals with mental health conditions, and people with autism and learning disabilities.

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