HSE releases first aid training guidance for employers
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published new guidance designed to help UK businesses properly train their employees in first aid.
Next month, the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 are due to change to make it so that the HSE is no longer responsible for approving first aid training and qualifications in workplaces.
As a result, the body is doing all it can to equip British companies with the knowledge of how to comply with the law and maintain standards, with the recommendations applying to organisations of all sizes.
Employers are now able to get hold of advance copies of the guidance, as well as an accompanying document entitled Selecting a first aid training provider (GEIS3), on the HSE website.
According to Andy McGrory, policy lead for first aid at the HSE, the publication clarifies what the law demands and provides practical help to businesses in assessing and understanding what their first aid needs are.
He added: "Where a first aider is required, the guidance documents make it clear that the employer is free to select a training provider who is best suited to those needs."
The content of the recommendations is based on comments and suggestions that were received through public consultations on the changes and extended stakeholder discussions.
Meanwhile, the GEIS3 paper is designed to help companies select a competent training provider that will be hired to deliver first aid training in accordance with the firm's unique requirements.
It might be worth employers turning to an online training provider, as this will help them to cut administrative costs, free up more hours during the working day and offer staff the flexibility to study in their spare time.
Virtual College, a West Yorkshire-based e-learning company, supplies a Health and Safety in the Workplace digital module, which consists of a detailed overview of the subject, while it also has a dedicated first aid module and an online course in manual handling.