HSE Update: Approval of First Aid at Work training

There is a new update from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for Awarding Organisations that offer the Qualification in First Aid at Work.

The update states that from January 1, 2013, ‘Awarding Organisations – regulated by Ofqual, the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and the Welsh Government Department for Education and Skills (DfES Wales) – will be permitted to award a qualification in First Aid at Work which will be accepted by HSE for the purposes of compliance with regulation 3(2) of the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981.’

This is an addition to the already accepted list of awarding bodies by HSE. The update further states that the ‘Awarding Organisations’ (previously known as Exam Boards), through their approved training centres, will implement the educational assessment standard developed by HSE in consultation with Skills for Health (the relevant sector skills council), Ofqual and the SQA.’

This new standard will be hosted by Skills for Health and will be available for a free download from their website.

In addition, the HSE states that it would stop undertaking proactive monitoring visits of training providers, effective immediately. It will however conduct reactive investigation visits in case of a complaint.

Also, all instances of HSE approval of first aid training providers will (irrespective of individual expiry dates) expire on April 5, 2013. There will be new arrangements made by HSE after that if no new legislative changes come into effect.

However, HSE reserves the right to revoke or amend the conditions of existing approvals prior to it, if it so deems fit. If an organisation has had its approval suspended or revoked due to regulatory non-compliance, it will be reinstated only after HSE monitors their training.

What it means for you?
1. If you or your staff have existing First Aid at Work certificates issued under the HSE scheme these will continue to remain valid until their expiry date, even if this is after Aptil 2013
2. HSE will continue to be the inspecting and enforcing authority for workplace safety.
3. After April 2013 you’ll need to ensure that any newly qualified First Aiders you employ have a suitable qualification and the best way to ensure this is to check that any qualifications are Ofqual recognised.

Carlton Training have been providing First Aid training for more than 20 years and our qualifications are up to date and fully approved. So if you are looking for First Aid At Work Training, call us now.


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