HSE First Aid Reform in Final Stages

HSE First Aid Reform in Final Stages


  • Date: Tuesday 13th August 2013

The requirement for the HSE to approve the training and qualifications of appointed first aid personnel will be removed on the 1st October 2013 following recommendations from the Löfsted Report in 2011. The HSE approval process for first aid courses was considered to go beyond the minimum requirement laid out in EU legislation and that a change would give employers greater flexibility to choose a training provider and training that was right for their business needs.


A consultation was held in November 2012 and as a result draft guidance produced for review. Training providers will be required to meet standards set by HSE and employers will be required to assess first aid provision and provide adequate numbers of suitably trained first aiders.

Following the consultation, the HSE published draft guidance that reflects the proposed changes in regulations; the first aims to help businesses make an assessment of the first aid needs within their business and put adequate provisions and competent personnel in place; the second advises on the selection of appropriate first aid training providers who meets the required standards.

It is likely that employers will have three main choices for training provision, all of which have undergone a formal approval process. These are currently Ofqual certified, Industry Body certified and certification by organisations such a St. Johns Ambulance.

Unusually, the requirement for practical assessment in training will not be mandatory. Dr. Michael Cash, Operations Director at SSG Training and Consultancy commented, “At SSG we will continue to deliver our existing HSE approved course with the recognition of the FAIB (First Aid Industry Body).  We believe that practical assessment is essential in any First Aid course as it may be the first and last time the delegate practices their skills before an actual emergency situation. It is an extremely valuable part of the training that SSG will continue to offer“.

The draft guidance documents aim to provide practical support to help businesses assess and understand their first aid needs and find a provider best suited to them. SSG are happy to offer any advice or guidance to organisations who would like this information clarified.  Contact the SSG Customer Service Team on 01752 201616 or email info@ssg.co.uk if we can be of any assistance.


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