Amendments to the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 are effective from 1 October 2013, to reflect that HSE will no longer have to approve first-aid training providers and the qualifications they offer. Employers still have the same duties to ensure that their first-aid personnel are trained to a suitable level, and that trainers are competent, but are able to select training providers who they see as best suited to their own circumstances.
There are two new documents to explain the provisions and to tidy up previous amendments brought about by other minor changes to the law. These are a revised guidance note L74, “The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 – Regulations and Guidance” and information booklet GEIS3 called ‘Selecting a first-aid training provider”. Both are available free of charge at http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/l74.htm and http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/geis3.htm