Last reviewed 1 October 2013

From 1 October 2013, the Health and Safety (First-aid) Regulations 1981 are amended, to remove the requirement for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to approve first-aid training and qualifications. The HSE has published revised guidance to help businesses put in place appropriate arrangements for the provision of first aid.

L74 The Health and Safety (First-aid) Regulations 1981. Approved Code of Practice and Guidance is aimed at all industries and takes account of the amendment to regulation 3(2), which removes the requirement for the HSE to approve the training and qualifications of appointed first-aid personnel, and incorporates some additional amendments brought about by other previous legislative changes.

GEIS3 Selecting a First-aid Training Provider will help employers identify and select a competent training provider to deliver any first-aid training indicated by their first-aid needs assessment. The guidance on selecting a training provider outlines the options available to employers and includes a checklist for evaluating first-aid training organisations, covering trainer competence, quality assurance systems and syllabus content.

Andy McGrory, HSE's policy lead for first aid, said: "From October, HSE will no longer approve first-aid training and qualifications. The guidance documents clarify what the law requires and provide practical help to businesses in assessing and understanding their first aid needs. 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 legal requirement for employers to ensure they make adequate provision for first aid, in accordance with their first aid needs assessment, will remain unchanged.