First Aid Provider Oversight May End in UK

Employers still would have to ensure they have an adequate number of trained first aid staffers as identified in their needs assessment. The earliest the law could change is April 2013.

Britain's Health and Safety Executive has opened a six-week public comment period on a proposal that it stop providing oversight of first aid providers. The agency's board will make a recommendation to ministers about how to proceed after considering the comments.

Comments also are requested on whether the Approved Code of Practice is useful and provides practical advice on how to comply with the law, with HSE planning to provide revised guidance for employers to help them ensure they adopt first aid arrangements suitable to their workplace.

"We believe this amendment to the First Aid Regulations will give businesses greater flexibility," said Andy McGrory, HSE's consultation manager, "in choosing training and providers that are suitable for their workplace. HSE will will continue to set the standards for existing training -- the one day Emergency First Aid at Work and three-day First Aid at Work courses -- which will continue to be the building blocks in all cases where first aid needs assessment shows that training is necessary."

He said employers still would have to ensure they have an adequate number of trained first aid staffers as identified in their needs assessment. The earliest the law could change is April 2013.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Get the Ultimate Guide to OSHA Recordkeeping

    OSHA’s Form 300A posting deadline is February 1! Are you prepared? To help answer your key recordkeeping questions, IndustrySafe put together this guide with critical compliance information.

  • Steps to Conduct a JSA

    We've put together a comprehensive step-by-step guide to help you perform a job safety analysis (JSA), which includes a pre-built, JSA checklist and template, steps of a JSA, list of potential job hazards, and an overview of hazard control hierarchy.

  • Everything You Need to Know about Incident investigations

    Need some tips for conducting an incident investigation at work after there’s been an occupational injury or illness, or maybe even a near miss? This guide presents a comprehensive overview of methods of performing incident investigations to lead you through your next steps.

  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Industry Safe

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - November December 2020

    November December 2020

    Featuring:

    • COLD STRESS
      Managing Cold Stress
    • TRAINING: FALL PROTECTION
      Providing Training for Fall Protection
    • PPE: HEARING PROTECTION
      Eight Tips for Hearing Testing Day
    • FACILITY SECURITY
      Incorporating COVID-19 Protections into Safety Programs
    View This Issue