Health and safety regulation changes mean organisations can now choose first aid training that suits their workplace.
The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 officially changed on Tuesday, with first aid training and qualifications no longer needing to be approved by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
The move forms part of HSE’s bid to ease the burden on organisations and find a balance between common sense and high health and safety standards. The changes relate to businesses of all sizes across all industries.
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Greater flexibility for first aid
Andy McGrory, HSE’s policy lead for first aid, said: “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 workplace, 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.”
Information and guidance on how to find an appropriate training provider can be found on the HSE website.
HSE still sets training standards
The changes offer businesses more flexibility but the one-day Emergency First Aid at Work and three-day First Aid at Work courses still provide the basis for first aid training.
The Approved Code of Practice text has now moved from guidance document L74 to the new guidance.
The advice spells out the practical actions and standards required to comply with the 1981 regulations.
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Date Published: October 4, 2013
Author: David Brown