Consultation on First Aid Changes

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) are currently consulting on proposed changes to first aid training requirements.  At present under the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981, all first aid training providers must be approved by the HSE.  The proposal under consultation is for this required HSE approval to be removed.  The Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) that accompanies the regulations is also under review with the intention to make it more user friendly and helpful to employers.  The consultation period is due to last six weeks and the earliest any change in law would come into effect would be April 2013.

Recommended numbers of first aid persons:

The two types of first aid at work qualification are:

  • First Aid at work – full qualification (3 day course)
  • Emergency First Aider in the Workplace (1 day course). Previously known as “Appointed Persons”.

An annual refresher is recommended by the HSE (although this is not mandatory) to help prevent skills fade and to keep up to date with any new practices or initiatives.

Employers have to assess their own operations and provide adequate first aid provision to meet the level of risk.  The general rule is that high risk and/or large workplaces will need a greater degree of first aid provision than low risk and/or small workplaces.

Risk category No. of staff Suggested No. of first aid persons
Low (shops, offices) Less than 5050- 100

More than 100

At least one ‘emergency first aider.At least one ‘first aider

’One additional ‘first aider’ for every 100 employees.

Medium (warehouse,
light engineering)
Less than 2020- 100

More than 100

At least one ‘emergency first aider.At least one ‘first aider’ for every 50 employees (or part thereof).

One additional ‘first aider’ for every 100 employees.

If you have any queries at all regarding first aid provision then please contact TCG.