After a recent review, commissioned by the Government and chaired by Professor Ragnar E Löfstedt The “The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981are to be amended to remove the requirement for HSE to approve Emergency First and First Aid at Work training
The impact of these changes mean that the removal of HSE approval give businesses greater flexibility to choose a training provider and first aid training that is right for their work place, and based on their individual business needs. Although the training providers and trainers still need to meet a meet a certain standard, outlined by HSE.
Although the choice of training provider/trainer is flexible the legal requirement to ensure that you have an adequate number of suitably trained first aiders remains unchanged.
Employers have a legal duty to make arrangements to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. It doesn’t matter whether the injury or illness is caused by the work they do, what is important is that they receive immediate attention and that an ambulance is called in serious cases.
First aid can save lives and prevent minor injuries becoming major ones. First-aid provision in the workplace covers the arrangements that need to be made to manage injuries or illness suffered at work. The Regulations do not prevent staff who are specially trained from taking action beyond the initial management stage.
To ensure you meet the legal requirements as an employer you should carry out a First Aid assessment, during this assessment you should consider the following:
- the nature of the work and workplace hazards and risks;
- the nature of the workforce;
- the organisation’s history of accidents;
- the size of the organisation;
- the needs of travelling, remote and lone workers; work patterns;
- the distribution of the workforce;
- the remoteness of the site from emergency medical services;
- employees working on shared or multi-occupied sites;
- annual leave and other absences of first-aiders and appointed persons;
- first-aid provision for non-employees.
Once complete you as an employer make the necessary arrangements to hold the required number of first aiders for the risk/hazards and size of your organisation
For more detailed information about hazards and number of first aiders for the size of your organisation please click here – http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/l74.pdf
Choosing your training provider
As an employer, you must provide adequate and appropriate first-aid equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure your employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work.
- When selecting a training provider you should check:
- the qualifications expected of trainers and assessors;
- monitoring and quality assurance systems;
- teaching and standards of first-aid practice;
- syllabus content; and certification
Should you decide to provide first-aid training in-house they will need to make sure that the first-aid training is fit for purpose by ensuring:
- the content of any first-aid training is appropriate and that elements of the syllabus in common with FAW or EFAW are delivered in accordance with currently accepted standards for first-aid practice
- in-house individuals acting as trainers/assessors have the necessary skills, qualifications and competencies expected of those working for an external training provider
- a system of quality assurance is in place ensuring that the competence of trainers/assessors is assessed
For more information on choosing an external training provider click here http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/geis3.pdf