There are lots of important changes happening within the first aid industry involving the way that first aid courses are delivered and the content of first aid courses so we thought it would be a good idea to summarise them as they will affect the majority of businesses that require trained first aid personnel.
Blended Learning for First Aid at Work courses.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have stated that blended learning is an acceptable method to deliver first aid training, however employers must ensure that blended learning is appropriate for every individual and that the training provider has adequate processes in place to support every person carrying out the training and to prevent identity fraud. Further details can be found on the HSE First Aid eBulletin.
Defibrillator Training on Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) and First Aid at Work (FAW) courses.
The HSE has stated that changes to the Resuscitation Council UK guidelines mean that the EFAW and FAW syllabuses will be revised. The revision will require all workplace first aiders to be trained in the use of an automatic external defibrillator (AED) from 31st December 2016. The need for a defibrillator within the workplace should still be based on the needs assessment of a business. Further details can be found on the HSE First Aid eBulletin.
Haemostatic Dressings and Tourniquets.
The European Resuscitation Council have identified that in certain circumstances there is a need for the first aid kit to include haemostatic dressings and tourniquets. If the needs assessment identifies a requirement for haemostatic dressings and tourniquets then the employer must ensure that first aiders are trained by a competent provider. RIDDOR data suggests that the industries that may benefit from additional equipment and training are construction, agriculture, forestry and some aspects of manufacturing. Further details can be found on the HSE First Aid eBulletin.
If you would like any further information about the first aid courses that we provide or if you would like to discuss your requirements then please contact us as we would be happy to discuss this with you.