HSE Changes in First Aid

The regulation changes 
From 1st October 2013 the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) no longer requires to formally approve first aid training which now gives employers more choice when selecting their first aid training provider. 

What our client and delages need to know 
The new law came into effect on 1st October 2013. This now means there is more of a responsibility placed on the employer as they still have a legal duty to make arrangements to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. “The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide suitable first-aid equipment, facilities and personnel so that immediate assistance can be given to employees if they are injured or become ill at work.

Extracts taken from First Aid at Work - The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 -  L74 (Third Edition) Published 2013

Regulation 3(2) states an employer shall provide, or ensure that there is provided, such number of suitable persons as is adequate and appropriate in circumstances for rendering first aid to his employees if they become ill at work: and for this purpose a person shall not be suitable unless they have undergone appropriate training and has such qualifications as may be appropriate in the circumstances of that case.

Regulation 3(52) Where the first aid assessment identifies a need for people to be available for rendering first aid, the employer should ensure that they are provided in sufficient numbers and at appropriate locations to enable first aid to be administered without delay should the occassion arise. Where 25 or more people are employed, even in low-hazard environements, at least one such person should be provided.

What are your first aid needs?
All employers should undertake an assessment of their first aid needs. The findings of the first-aid needs assessment can help employers decide whether their first-aiders should be trained in FAW or EFAW. As a guide, the table in First aid at work: your questions answered suggests what first-aid personnel to provide under different circumstances. Employers can also use the new First aid at work assessment tool which is designed to help employers determine the number and type of first-aid personnel to provide in their workplace.For advice on completing a needs assessment for your workplace is available from the HSE. 

What we can offer our customers
Green Cross Training has been established for over 20 years. Our training standards are well established with the most up to date clinical practice. We understand your concerns with regards to the legislation changes and want to reassure and give you peace of mind that we will continue to provide the right training to HSE standards before the legislation changes and after to meet your legal obligations under the new the Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) regulations October 2013.

All Response First courses are to the highest standard and are QCF Accredited and Certified.

To view the major advantages of QCF and the value to you or delegates as against HSE please click here

  • QCF is a regulated qualification which sits on the Ofqual register under sector area(SSA).
  • Achieving a regulated qualification is exactly that, an achievement you and others can be proud of.
  • This demonstrates a certain standard and level of knowledge and competence in your chosen subject (First Aid Training).
  • These qualifications are awarded by organisations which have been approved by an independent regulator “Ofqual”.


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