HSE guidance in to selecting a first aid trainer

The principle of the Pulse Medic project is to increase first aid and health in the community. In the last year there was an increase in to patients attending and A&E. More so the quality of the first aid training received was not up to standard. There have been increasing reports in the last years of the credibility of first aid trainers.

The Health and Safety Executive HSE issued guidance in to selecting a first aid trainer. Since 1 October 2013 HSE no longer approves first aid training and qualifications — and no longer approves first aid training organisations. This means that businesses have more flexibility in how they manage their provision of first aid in the workplace.

This means that it is the employer’s duty to ensure that any training provider that they select for the purposes of first aid training is competent to deliver that training.

An employer will need to make an assessment of their first-aid needs to establish what provision for first aid is required. This will depend upon the workplace, taking into account, among other things, the number of employees, size, location and work activity.

What an employer needs to do

As an employer there are a number of options open to you when selecting a training provider. You should select the most appropriate for your requirements.

Depending on your choice you will need to undertake varying levels of due diligence (reasonable enquiry or investigation) into how a provider will deliver the training you require.

HSE cannot advise on the quality of individual training providers or the service they provide. Similarly HSE cannot advise on the standard of Quality Assurance systems that a training provider may have in place.

Criteria expected of first aid training providers

HSE has produced guidance on selecting a first aid training provider that sets out the criteria that a competent training provider should be able to demonstrate.

These criteria include:

  • the qualifications expected of trainers and assessors;
  • monitoring and quality assurance systems a training company has in place;
  • teaching and standards of first-aid practice;
  • syllabus content; and
  • the information included on a certificate.

Options in selection of a first aid training provider

Training is available from a wide range of providers including:

  • those who choose to offer regulated qualifications (first aid qualifications regulated by the qualification regulators — Ofqual, SQA and the Welsh Government),
  • those who operate under voluntary approval schemes for example, a trade body having a quality assurance scheme accredited by a third party. The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) is recognised by government as the sole national accreditation body.
  • those who operate independently of any such scheme for example, where a training provider chooses to demonstrate their competence to an employer by providing evidence that they meet the criteria set by HSE, or
  • from one of the Voluntary Aid Societies (St John Ambulance, Pulse Medic, British Red Cross and St Andrew’s First Aid).

You can see the document here. If your workplace has more significant health and safety risks, for example you use machinery or hazardous materials then you are more likely to need a trained first-aider. Be safe and check as medics we already come under the Skills for Health and PulseMedic. like St John Ambulance an the British Red Cross note Skills for Health website

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Originally published at Pulse Medic.