HSE consults on first aid law change

Published:  29 October, 2012

LONDON: The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is consulting on plans to remove the requirement for first aid training providers to be approved by the executive.

Andy McGrory, HSE's consultation manager, said: "We believe this amendment to the First Aid Regulations will give businesses greater flexibility in choosing training and providers that are suitable for their workplace.

"HSE will continue to set the standards for existing training - the one day Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) and three day First Aid at Work (FAW) courses - which will continue to be the building blocks in all cases where a first aid needs assessment shows that training is necessary."

Employers will still have to ensure that they have an adequate number of trained first aiders as identified in their needs assessment.

The earliest the law could change is April 2013, with new guidance published in the new year and the amended Regulations coming in to force in April 2013.

The change is part of the recommendations accepted by the government in the Ofsted report.

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