Consultation process expected to offer businesses greater flexibility in choosing training requirements…
Progress is being made towards removing the requirements for the necessity for first aid training providers to be approved by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
These regulations date back to 1981 but since the Löfstedt report commissioned by the Government last year there have been calls to reform some of these older laws.
The HSE is currently going through a six-week consultation process with the intention of making a recommendation to Government ministers once they have received views from various interested parties.
They are also looking for feedback on the Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) and will be asking industry professionals if they think that the code is still useful and relevant today.
Another item on the agenda related to first aid provision is if guidance for employers should be specifically tailored to ensure they adopt proportionate first aid safety protocols in accordance with the needs and requirements of their individual workplace.
Andy McGrory, HSE’s consultation manager spoke about the potential ramifications of these proposed law changes:
“We believe this amendment to the First Aid Regulations will give businesses greater flexibility in choosing training and providers that are suitable for their workplace.
“HSE will continue to set the standards for existing training – the one day Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) and three day First Aid at Work (FAW) courses – which will continue to be the building blocks in all cases where a first aid needs assessment shows that training is necessary.”
There remains an onus however on employers to have a minimum number of trained first aid practitioners available on site as per the HSE’s needs assessment.
Any changes in legislation will not come into place until April 2013 at the earliest with the recommendations from their consultation process not expected until the New Year.
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