There may be a relaxation in the rules governing first-aid training. The following paragraph is taken from a letter written by Chris Grayling, the Minister responsible for HSE: “Whilst HSE recognises the benefits of refresher training and re-qualification, there is nothing in the regulations which legally requires first-aiders to refresh their training on an annual basis, nor is there a legal requirement for them to re-qualify every three years. Competence can be demonstrated in many ways and need not be exclusively classroom-based. “
This letter was to a first-aid training consortium that was concerned about a recommendation in Professor Ragnar Loftstedt’s independent review of health and safety legislation. The recommendation was to remove the requirement in the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 for HSE to approve training and qualifications for first-aiders in the workplace. Following the report, HSE is currently looking at possible options for implementing this.
The Minister did also make the point that there is no plan to change the statutory duty on employers to make adequate and appropriate first-aid provision in the workplace, and to have competent fist-aid personnel.