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First Aid Training Regulation Changes

Following a recent government review by Professor Ragnar Löfstedt, the regulations that govern First Aid Training are changing.

The review recommended changes to the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 and revised guidance on the regulations to help businesses. The review also recommended a review of the First Aid Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) and the removal of specific requirements placed on the self-employed.

What’s changing?

  • The HSE approval of first aid training providers will end on 1st October 2013. At this time, the responsibility for ensuring that workplace first aid training is of an acceptable standard will move from the HSE to the employer.
  • The new guidelines require employers to use some amount of due diligence to ensure training meets the required standard. The amount of due diligence required will vary from full for standalone trainers to very little for those that are Ofqual regulated, with those that are governed by a trade body needing some due diligence.
  • From October 2013, training providers will not be able to display a HSE approval number on their certificates. At this point, a HSE or local authority inspector will want to see either a Ofqual regulated certificate or other evidence of due diligence in choosing a training provider.

What should I do now?

  • Heys First Aid is able to deliver the new regulated qualifications, which are accredited through Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (a leading Awarding Organisation recognised by both Ofqual and the HSE).
  • Our training is also recognised as reaching the standard required under a trade body (The Association of First Aid and Health and Safety Trainers). This means that if you book with Heys First Aid you can have either a trade body certificate or an HABC certificate depending on how much due diligence you wish to undertake. Heys First Aid will provide you with all the evidence you need for the due diligence checks which take a matter of a few minutes. The choice is yours.

Will the course content change?

  • No, the course content is still defined by the HSE and will not change.

Will it Cost more?

  • We quote prices for both Ofqual and trade body certificates. Our prices have not increased however if you want trade body certificates which are cheaper to us there is a resulting reduction in cost to you.

Any Questions?

If you have any questions regarding the changes or anything else then please call us on 01952 273845.