From1st October 2013 the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will no longer be required to formally approve first aid training and employers will have more choices of training providers. This means there is going to be an increased responsibility on businessess to ensure the standard of training and quality of training providers they choose.
Guidance on completing a needs assessment has also been updated with new recommendations to help you decide how many first aiders you will need and what training you should have (see home page).
The British Heart Foundation are calling for more people to receive defibrillation training.
Did you know that guidance from the Health and Safety Executive and Skills for Health states that from 1st October 2015:
- First Aid Trainers must hold a formal regulated teaching/training qualification
- First Aid Assessors must hold a formal regulated assessing qualification or have attended the relevant CPD Training with an Awarding Organisation
- First Aid Internal Quality Assurers must hold a formal internal quality assurer qualification or have attended the relevant CPD Training with an Awarding Organisation.
The guidance details the requirements of Trainers and Assessors separately. It is accepted, however, that both roles are normally performed by the same person, providing the qualifications for both roles are met.