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Regulation Changes to First Aid Training

Following a recent government review by Professor Ragnar Löfstedt, the regulations that govern First Aid Training are changing.

The review recommended changes to the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 and revised guidance on the regulations to help businesses. The review also recommended a review of the First Aid Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) and the removal of specific requirements placed on the self-employed.

What’s changing?


the HSE approval of first aid training providers will end on 1st October 2013. At this time, the responsibility for ensuring that workplace first aid training is of an acceptable standard will move from the HSE to the employer.

The new guidelines require employers to use some amount of due diligence to ensure training meets the required standard. The amount of due diligence required will vary from full for standalone trainers to very little for those that are Ofqual regulated, with those that are governed by a trade body needing some due diligence.

From October 2013, training providers will not be able to display a HSE approval number on their certificates. At this point, a HSE or local authority inspector will want to see either a Ofqual regulated certificate or other evidence of due diligence in choosing a training provider.

Has the  course content change?


No, the course content is still defined by the HSE and will not change.


Has this caused a Price increase? 

Our prices have not increased. 


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