First Aid Training

Legal Requirements Under the Health and Safety act 1974 it is a legal requirement for employers to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees and non-employees who use their facilities.

The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 place a duty upon employers to provide adequate, facilities and personnel to render first aid to their employees if they are injured or become ill at work.

The management of the Health and Safety at work Regulations 1992 requires employers to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to health and safety of all employees. This assessment will include an assessment of First Aid needs.

A risk assessment will need to focus on the following points:

  • The type of work being undertaken and the potential hazards associated with
    that type of work.
  • The number and distribution of employees.
  • Location of the nearest emergency services.
  • Work shift patterns and rotas.
  • Communication systems.
  • Previous accident history

Those selected to attend a First Aid course should be reliable and able to remain calm in an emergency, have good communication skills and able to display compassion to others under duress. All those employed must be aware of the arrangements in place for dealing with an emergency, including who the first aider’s are, how they can be contacted, location of the first aid equipment and contact numbers for the emergency services

Employers should be aware that should an accident occur and it was deemed that there was insufficient medical cover, then the HSE may choose to carry out an investigation and question why this was the case. Therefore it is in the best interest of the company to ensure that there is sufficient cover at all times.

Changes to First aid at work Regulations.

The Health and Safety executive introduced a new set of regulations, which came into force as of the 1st October 2009.

What has changed?

  • The First aid at work course has been shortened to 3 days from 1 October
    2009, our course syllabus has been updated to reflect the new guidance.

  • A new 1 day Emergency first aid at work course has been introduced, the syllabus for this course has been specified by the HSE and can only be provided by HSE approved providers.

  • Annual refresher training, it is strongly recommend by the HSE that first aiders complete an annual 3 hour (1/2 day) refresher training course between requalification courses to reduce skill fade and to update first aiders of any changes which may have been introduced.

What hasn’t changed is the legal requirement to provide adequate first aid!