First aid consultation launched

Following on from our post last month on the draft guidance issued to help employers get to grips with proposed changes to workplace first aid, the HSE has just launched a consultation to see what people think of the revised guidance.

The consultation will run for six weeks and the HSE is keen to hear the views of businesses and workers on new draft guidance material that will help them assess their needs when selecting an appropriate first aid training provider.

The current Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) text on first aid may also be removed and incorporated into the new guidance to provide simple, comprehensive information for all.

All of the changes are part of the HSE’s work to make it easier for businesses and other users to understand what they need to do to comply with health and safety law, while maintaining standards.

Towards the end of 2012, the HSE consulted on proposals to amend the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981, to remove the requirement for HSE approval of first aid training and qualifications, which was in response to the recommendations made by Professor Ragnar Löfstedt in his independent review of health and safety legislation.

The HSE Board approved the proposed changes to the regulations and subject to Parliamentary approval; the intention is for the amended regulations to be in place from 1 October 2013.

The consultation document is available on the HSE website.

Employers are reminded that until the necessary legislative changes take effect that the existing law continues to apply – all first aid training for the purposes of first aid at work provision must be carried out by an HSE approved training provider or a training centre for an Ofqual accredited awarding organisation supported by HSE to deliver such training.