The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published guidance for businesses ahead of changes to first aid regulations.
From October 1, the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 will be amended to remove the requirement for HSE to approve first aid training and qualifications.
The changes, which apply to organisations of all sizes and from all sectors, are intended to make it easier for businesses and other users to understand how to comply with health and safety law while still maintaining excellent standards to prevent workplace accidents.
Safety law clarified
Andy McGrory, HSE’s policy lead for first aid, said: “The guidance documents clarify what the law requires and provide practical help to businesses in assessing and understanding their first aid needs. Where a first aider is required, the guidance documents make it clear that the employer is free to select a training provider who is best suited to those needs.
“We have taken on board comments and suggestions that we have received through our public consultations on the changes and from extended stakeholder discussions and business input to ensure the guidance provides everything an employer will need to manage their first aid requirements.”
Safety in the workplace has improved over the years, but anyone who has suffered the misfortune of a work injury can contact Accident Advice Helpline to see if they are eligible for compensation.
Advance copies of the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981, Regulations and Guidance (L74) and Selecting a first aid training provider (GEIS3) are now available on the HSE’s website.
Public consultation and input from businesses showed general support for the proposed guidance and legislative changes have been approved by the HSE board and Parliament.
The current legal requirement for employers to ensure they make adequate provision for first aid, in accordance with their first aid needs assessment, will remain unchanged.
Date Published: September 5, 2013
Author: David Brown