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Changes to First Aid Regulations

15 October 2013

As of 1st October 2013, the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 have been amended, removing the requirement for the HSE to approve first aid training and first aid qualifications.

The changes are part of the HSE's work to reduce the burden on businesses and put common sense back into health and safety. The changes to first aid apply to businesses of all sizes across all sectors.

Andy McGrory, HSE's policy lead for First Aid, said: "HSE no longer approves first-aid training and qualifications. 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 work place, 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, including regulations and guidance documents to help employers identify and select a competent training provider to deliver any first-aid appropriate to their first-aid needs assessment are available on the HSE website at http://www.hse.gov.uk/firstaid/[1].

The HSE will continue to set the standards for training. While the changes give employers flexibility, the one day Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) and three day First Aid at Work (FAW) courses remain the building blocks for first aid training.



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