New HSE Regulations
Are you aware that the regulations that govern first aid training have now changed?
These changes mean
1) Training providers are no longer approved by the HSE.
2) Employers are actually now responsible for ensuring the quality of the first aid training they source.
3) Employers must now undertake due diligence (reasonable investigation) on their training provider if their first aiders undertake first aid qualifications that are not regulated by Ofqual or Ofsted. However, it’s important to know that employers do not need to undertake any due diligence if their first aiders undertake regulated first aid qualifications.
Norfolk Event Medical Services LTD only provide you with an Ofqual regulated first aid qualification, so you can relax knowing that you have fulfilled your legal responsibilities for providing quality first aid training without having to undertake any due diligence.
The HSE have provided a check list for employers to follow which is below.
- Do the trainers/assessors have a current FAW certificate or qualify for an exemption?
- Do the trainers/assessors have an appropriate training/assessing qualification?
- Is there a documented quality assurance plan designating an individual to take responsibility for quality assurance, including assessment of the performance of trainers/assessors at least annually?
- Does the designated person have an assessing/verifying qualification?
- Is there a documented course evaluation procedure?
- Is there a documented complaints procedure?
Teaching currently accepted first-aid practice
- Is FAW/EFAW taught in accordance with current guidelines on adult basic life support published by the Resuscitation Council (UK), and for other aspects of first aid, in accordance with current guidelines published by the Voluntary Aid Societies or other published guidelines that are supported by a responsible body of medical opinion?
- Does the course content adequately meet the needs of your workplace as indicated by your rest-aid needs assessment?
- For FAW, does the syllabus include the topics listed in Appendix 1 and does the course include at least 18 training and assessment contact hours, over three days?
- For FAW requalification, does the syllabus include the topics listed in Appendix 1 and does the course last at least 12 training and assessment contact hours, over two days?
- For EFAW, does the syllabus include the topics listed in Appendix 2 and does the course last at least six training and assessment contact hours, over one day?
- For EFAW requalification, does the syllabus include the topics listed in Appendix 2 and does the course last at least six training and assessment contact hours, over one day?
- Do the certificates issued to students assessed as competent contain the name of the training organisation, the title of the qualification (eg FAW or EFAW), reference to the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981, the date of issue and confirmation the certificate is valid for three years?
Yes, our certificates fully comply with these regulations