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First Aid Training Changes – Guidance to Employers

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First Aid Training Changes – Guidance to Employers

On 1st Oct 2013 the Health and Safety brought out an amendment to the Health and Safety  (First-Aid) Regulations 1981.

This amendment was brought in as a result of the Professor Ragnar Löfstedt's review of health and safety legislation.

The main amendment is:

The removal of the HSE (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 requirement for the HSE to approve first aid training and qualifications.

What does it means to you, as an employer, it means that you have to look at your First Aid Training provider and decide if they meet the HSE guidelines as you can no longer rely on the HSE Registration number that was printed on every Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) and First Aid at Work (FAW) Certificate.  This will give you greater choice in choosing appropriate training for your workplace.  HSE recommends that when selecting a Training Organisation, Employers should carry out due diligence to ensure that the organisation selected is suitable.

There are now 4 training options for a First Aid Training Provider:

Offer Regulated qualifications; or

Operates under voluntary accreditation scheme (including trade/industry bodies); or

Operate independently of any such accreditation scheme; or

Voluntary Aid Societies

So what do these options mean to you, the employer:

Regulated Qualifications:  These are delivered by training providers accredited by an Awarding Organisation offers nationally recognised qualifications fully regulated by Ofqual, Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and the Welsh Government.  This option requires the least due diligence to be carried out.

Voluntry Accreditaion Schemes:  These include trade/industry bodies. Full due diligence would have to be undertaken by Employers when choosing this training option.

Operate Independently: Full due diligence would have to be undertaken by Employers when choosing this training option.

Voluntary Aid Societies: First Aid training obtained through Voluntary Aid Societies such as St John Ambulance, British Red Cross or St Andrew’s First Aid offer non-accredited qualifications that are not regulated or verified externally.  They are acknowledged by the HSE as standard setters of currently accepted First Aid Practice, and work to similar standards of quality assurance and assessment principles as accredited providers.  However the HSE recommend that companies undertake some due diligence when choosing this training option.


Here at First With Iain we are offering your training under a Voluntary Accreditation Scheme orRegulated Qualifications.

The choice of which certification you require is your decision as the employer.  However no matter which certification you choose you will have the same quality training covering the same syllabus.

Our Voluntary Accreditation Scheme is overseen by Aid Training & Operations who have been First With Iain’s HSE Accreditation provider since our launch.  The Quality Assurance process will exactly mirror that of the proven and tested HSE model. Aid Training holding ISO9001 in First Aid Training delivery further supports this.

Our Regulated Qualification is through Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) HABC is regulated by Ofqual, the Welsh Government, and the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)

Our voluntary Accreditation Scheme is our preferred route as:

It requires the least paperwork from you as an employer, the trainee first aiders, and ourselves.

It is also a quicker turn around on certificates (normally with you in 10 days while our Regulated Qualifications can take around 3 weeks).


All Regulated Qualifications have to be pre-registered and that requires 5 working days notice.

Our Regulated Qualifications, unfortunately will have a surcharge on due to the cost of certification through Highfield (unfortunately all the Awarding Organisations are charging a similarly high premium)

Whichever qualification you choose you can be assured that the trainees will receive the same high quality training to the same level.  The only difference is the physical certificate, course administration, and unfortunately cost.

We have produced a document which will cover all your due diligence needs in choosing First With Iain to save you time and money as an employer.  If you wish a copy please drop us a line and we will be pleased to send you a copy and answer any queries.

Here are links back to the HSE website for their publications on First Aid.  They are all free downloadable documents.

The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981

http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/l74.htm

Basic advice on First Aid at Work

http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg347.htm

Selecting a First Aid Training Provider: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/geis3.htm

First Aid at Work, Your questions answered:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg214.htm

Please do not hesitate to call if you require any further guidance or to book your First Aid Training.