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FIRST AID LEGISLATION CHANGES

Requirement for HSE to approve first aid training and qualifications removed

From 1 October 2013 the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 have been amended to remove the requirement for HSE to approve first aid training and qualifications. The changes apply to businesses of all sizes and from all sectors.

Andy McGrory, HSE’s policy lead for First Aid, said:

“HSE no longer approves first-aid training and qualifications. Removing the HSE approval process will give businesses greater flexibility to choose their own training providers and first aid training that is right for their work place, based on their needs assessment and their individual business needs.

Employers still have a legal duty to make arrangements to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work.”

Revised guidance includes the regulations and a document to help employers identify and select a competent training provider to deliver any first-aid training indicated by their first-aid needs assessment.

HSE will continue to set the standards for training adding:

“While the changes give employers flexibility, the one day Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) and three day First Aid at Work (FAW) courses remain the building blocks for first aid training.”

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