Latest Update from HSE

HSE is consulting on the proposed removal of the requirement for HSE to approve first aid training and qualifications and a review of the associated Approved Code of Practice and the content of revised guidance to support employers with the changes.

Specifically, HSE seeks views on what guidance would be useful to businesses when assessing what they need in terms of first aid provision for their particular circumstances; and in the selection of training providers. These changes are part of HSE’s work to make it easier for businesses and other users to understand what they need to do to comply with health and safety law, and will be of interest to businesses of all sizes and from all sectors.

Owing to the proposed legislative changes in first aid (see the consultation document for further details click here) HSE will stop undertaking proactive monitoring visits of training providers, effective immediately. HSE will however continue to undertake reactive investigation visits where issues emerge or complaints are received.

All instances of HSE approval of first aid training providers will, irrespective of individual expiry dates, expire at midnight on 5 April 2013, at which point new arrangements will be put in place or legislative change will take effect. This holds true irrespective of individual approval expiry dates and therefore there will not be a requirement to renew any certificate of approval. HSE may revoke or amend the conditions of existing approvals prior to this date if it considers it appropriate to do so.

Organisations whose approval has been suspended due to regulatory non compliance will not be reinstated unless HSE can monitor their training. You should be aware that organisations approved by HSE to provide qualifications in offshore first aid and for offshore medics under the Offshore Installations and Pipeline Works (First-Aid) Regulations 1989 will continue to be monitored in line with current arrangements as they are unaffected by these changes.

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