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First Aid Training

One of the things that we are asked time and again, is, what First Aid training does my business need, and who does relevant training?

We have always helped businesses identify what training is needed, and will make sure that this stays as unbiased as possible.

In 2013, the HSE changed how they treated First Aid training, allowing trainers to be more flexible in how they approached training. However, as an employer you still have a duty to ensure, through due diligence, that the trainer and training is competent and appropriate to your workplace. In our opinion we believe using regulated First Aid training is the best way to meet this responsibility. This means that all the elements suggested in the guidance for selecting a first-aid training are dealt with by the awarding body.

Katie feels strongly that just because it is called First Aid at Work, it should still be highly relevant. For example, if you are a motor garage, you will cover injuries that are relevant to your operations , not just injuries that might occur in an office, within the FAW syllabus.

So, if you want Emergency First Aid, First Aid at Work, Oxygen Therapy, Defibrillator Training or Paediatric First Aid delivered by someone who provides First Aid, as well as teaches it, please get in touch and discuss your needs.

As a reminder this is what the HSE says about the law -

The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. These Regulations apply to all workplaces including those with less than five employees and to the self-employed.

What is ‘adequate and appropriate’ will depend on the circumstances in the workplace. This includes whether trained first-aiders are needed, what should be included in a first-aid box and if a first-aid room is required. Employers should carry out an assessment of first-aid needs to determine what to provide.

The Regulations do not place a legal duty on employers to make first-aid provision for non-employees such as the public or children in schools. However, HSE strongly recommends that non-employees are included in an assessment of first-aid needs and that provision is made for them.

As a small business (employer) you can find out more on the HSE website here.

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