Update on new first aid regulations
Following our previous First Aid Regulation update article in March 2013, the HSE have been busy releasing further draft papers before officially submitting the revised Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations to parliament. A draft paper was released to stakeholders on 14th August 2013 with some minor amends to the previous version.
Regulatory change is due to go through parliament on 7th September with anticipated implementation to be on 1st October 2013.
So what will these changes mean to you?
Proposed changes will mean that the HSE will no longer accredit training centres such as Safety First Aid Training. By stepping back from directly accrediting centres; this will give employers greater flexibility in choosing a training provider and finding appropriate first aid training.
The HSE acknowledge independent training providers as an official route to receive your first aid training. If the independent training provider offers courses on the Qualification & Credit Framework (QCF), approved by Ofqual, you can book learners onto the course without having to complete due diligence on the training provider. If the independent training provider is running courses outside of the QCF framework, you will have to complete due diligence on the training provider.
Safety First Aid Training will be offering first aid courses on the QCF framework, the official route as stipulated by the HSE.
You can relax and rest assured that any learner entered onto the First Aid at Work, First Aid at Work Re-qualification and Emergency First Aid at Work training courses with Safety First Aid Training will be run in line with HSE requirements, keeping you compliant with these new regulations.
Keep up to date with the changes
Safety First Aid Training is here to guide you through this regulation change and help you understand what you should be doing to guarantee compliance. We will bring you up-to-date advice and expertise as and when further details are announced from the HSE, to ensure you are aware of developments before and after the new regulations take effect. Taking the worry out of getting first aiders’ trained to the correct standards is our number 1 priority.