Are you aware of HSE Legislation?
Are you up to date with the November 2010 First Aid updates?
From October 2013, the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) make revised the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations; it is no longer a requirement the for HSE to approve the training and qualifications of appointed first-aid personnel.
A brief summary of the October 2013 changes are as follows:
“As an employer, you have a number of options available to you when selecting a first-aid training provider. HSE does not advocate, promote or support any particular option. You should select the most suitable option for your requirements. However, to comply with your legal duties under the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 that choice must be appropriate and adequate, based on a needs assessment and appropriate due diligence (reasonable investigation) being conducted. The amount of effort you need to put into due diligence will vary for each option”
When selecting a Training Provider you should check:
- qualifications of expected Trainers and Assessors
- monitoring and quality assurance systems;
- teaching and standards of first-aid practice;
- syllabus content;
First Aid training is available from a wide range of providers who choose to:
- offer regulated qualifications;
- operate under voluntary accreditation schemes (including trade/industry bodies);
- operate independently of any such accreditation scheme.
You are not required to formalise the checks you carry out when choosing a training provider, but, it may be useful to demonstrate how you selected a training provider if requested by the HSE.
To read the update in full you can visit the HSE here.
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