In an emergency situation our response has been talked about as fight or flight. So what is the responsibility of persons who have a first aid certification? If you aren’t sure whether you should act on a situation here are your responsibilities and duties to health and safety.
Duty of Care
In most public situations there is no legal obligation for first aiders to provide first aid in a general context.
If you do choose to act on a situation which you feel requires your help you then take on duty of care. This is a legal obligation.
In the case of a road incident witnesses are required to stay on the scene, provide help to the injured, and report to the authorities.
First aid officers in workplaces and school teachers have a duty of care. If you have been a professional responsibility you have a duty to take care of any situation requiring first aid.
Not fulfilling a duty of care leaves the first aider open to questions of negligence.