Changes to first aid provision.....

17th Oct 2013

First aid provision has changed.  If you are an employer or need a first aid qualification for work it is really important that you understand the changes.  Fortunately, If you choose a Peak Mountaineering ITC course much of the groundwork has been done for you.........
 
In 2011 an independent report of health and safety legislation recommended that the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations, which had come into force in 1981, be amended to remove the requirement for HSE to approve the training and qualifications of appointed first-aid personnel.  On 1st October 2013 these amendments came into force.  The HSE statement which accompanied the amendments said "the change is part of HSE's work to reduce the burden on businesses and put common sense back into health and safety, whilst maintaining standards. The changes relating to first aid apply to businesses of all sizes and from all sectors".
 
HSE spokesperson Andy McGrory said "HSE no longer approves first-aid training and qualifications. Removing the HSE approval process will give businesses greater flexibility to choose their own training providers and first aid training that is right for their work place, based on their needs assessment and their individual business needs".  This all sounded like things would be simpler for employers although HSE also made it clear that "employers still have a legal duty to make arrangements to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work".  The burden has also shifted onto employers to satisfy themselves that first aid providers are 'up to the job' of providing suitable first aid training (to help they have produced a useful guide which you can find here). 
 
Peak Mountaineering is extremely proud to be an ITC (Immediate Temporary Care) Centre and we will continue to offer the best quality training....but we are also delighted that anyone choosing a Peak Mountaineering can now rest assured that our competence to deliver is assured.  Why?  Because the HSE's guidance states that 'due to awarding organisations offering regulated qualifications, you do not have to use the checklist to satisfy yourself of the competency of that organisation.  One way to make your choice of first aid provider that bit easier.....and we even give you a delicious free lunch!