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If the HSE goes through with its latest plans to scrap the regulation on HSE approved first aid at work training, it will be more important than ever to choose a training provider who you know will deliver a fantastic service. Jigsaw Medical Services Ltd is run by NHS trained health care professionals and is constantly updating its first aid training programmes to ensure our students are benefiting from the most up-to-date and evidence based first aid.

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As part of the Government’s plans to reform Britain’s health and safety system, the Department of Work and Pensions’ (DWP) Minister for Employment, the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, commissioned an independent review of health and safety legislation.

The review, conducted by Professor Ragnar Löfstedt, Reclaiming health and safety for all: An independent review of health and safety regulation was published on 28 November 2011.

Professor Löfstedt’s report sets out a number of risks and evidence-based recommendations that will:

  • reduce regulatory requirements on business where they do not lead to improved health and safety outcomes, and
  • remove pressures on business to go beyond what the regulations require, enabling them to reclaim ownership of the management of health and safety.

On first aid, the Löfstedt Review stated:

Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981

A number of organisations have identified the requirement under the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 to have a qualified first-aid person appointed in the workplace as being an unnecessary requirement for low-risk workplaces.

In fact, the regulations do not insist upon a particular number of first-aid personnel and there is a requirement for employers to make provision for first-aid under the Framework Directive 89/391. However, the regulations do currently stipulate that the training and qualifications for the appointed first-aid person must be approved by HSE and this appears to both go beyond the requirements of the Directive and have little justification. So long as they meet a certain standard, allowing businesses to choose training providers should allow them greater flexibility to choose what is right for their workplace, and possibly reduce costs.

This should be accompanied by revised guidance clarifying what is suitable for different environments to help businesses adopt measures that are suitable for their workplace, and that explains clearly what the regulations actually require. I, therefore, recommend that HSE amends the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 to remove the requirement for HSE to approve the training and qualifications of appointed first-aid personnel.”

The Government accepted the recommendations of the report and HSE is working towards implementing them, including those for first aid at work.

More specifically, the policy objectives for HSE are as follows:

  • Removal of HSE approval of First Aid Training providers, to reduce the burden on business;
  • To ensure businesses can identify first aid courses that are appropriate for their workplaces and select suitable training providers.

The review also recommended, generally, reducing the burden on the self-employed.

What will happen next?

To implement the recommendation will require a change in legislation to make amendments to the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981. This work is now under way.