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Lord Davies of Oldham: The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment and facilities to enable first aid to be given to their employees if they are injured or taken ill at work. Employers are required to assess whether first aid facilities are appropriate to the circumstances of the workplace. As a minimum, employers are required to provide a suitably stocked first aid box and appoint a competent person to take charge of first aid arrangements.
There are no legal requirements for railway operators to make first aid provision and facilities available for non-employees. However, most railway operators do generally make first aid provision for passengers on trains and at major stations.
Lord Davies of Oldham: It takes the Health and Safety Executive approximately 24 staff days per year, at a total annual cost of about £4,000, to collect, analyse and publish on its website (and place in the House Library) its monthly reports on signals passed at danger. These reports also contain data about train protection and warning system interventions and activations.
Lord Davies of Oldham: Details of the number of people killed and seriously injured on Britain's railways are available in the Health and Safety Executive's annual reports on railway safety, copies of which are available from the House Library.
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