Consultation on proposed first aid regulation changes

The HSE have begun a consultation on the proposed removal of the requirement for first-aid trainers to be approved by them.

The original recommendation was made by Professor Ragnar Löfstedt in his independent review of the UK health and safety system, which recommended that such an amendment be made to the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations (1981).

The proposed change will not affect the requirement for employers to ensure they have an adequate number of trained first-aiders, and the HSE will continue to set the standards for existing training.

The consultation will run for six weeks and a recommendation on how to proceed will be made by the HSE after reviewing the responses. There will also be a review of the associated Approved Code of Practice and the content of revised guidance to support employers with the changes.

If passed, the Regulations could come into force in April 2013 at the earliest, and they would be preceded by new guidance published at the start of the year.

HSE consultation manager Andy McGrory said: “We believe this amendment will give businesses greater flexibility in choosing training and providers that are suitable for their workplace. 

“The 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 will continue to be the building blocks in all cases where a first-aid needs assessment shows that training is necessary.”

The consultation ends on 3 December 2012, and more information and how to participate can be found here.