HSE Changes to First Aid Training Customer Guidance
As you may be aware from 1 October 2013, the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 will be amended, to remove the requirement for HSE to approve first aid training and qualifications.
Safeaid Services has provided this guidance to highlight changes that this will bring about. We have divided this guidance into 2 sections the first giving some information on why the changes have come about. The second on how these changes will alter some aspects of course delivery and administration.
The changes are part of HSE's work to make it easier for businesses and other users to understand how to comply with health and safety law, whilst maintaining standards. They apply to businesses of all sizes and from all sectors. 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 workplace, based on their needs assessment and their individual business needs. HSE has published new guidance to help employers assess the first aid requirements within their specific workplace. HSE has also produced separate guidance on how to select an appropriate first aid training provider. Both can be found on the HSE website.
Training providers have to show an employer that they are competent to deliver first- aid training and have the relevant quality assurance systems in place. First-aid training is available from a wide range of providers who choose to:
- Offer regulated qualifications; or
- operate under voluntary accreditation schemes; or
- operate independently of any such accreditation scheme (including trade/industry bodies).
Regulated qualifications are delivered by training centers recognized by a regulated ‘awarding organization’ (AO). These AOs are regulated by the qualification regulators (Ofqual, SQA or the Welsh Government)* against standards for the design, delivery and award of qualifications. As part of the regulated standards, AOs must have dedicated quality assurance processes to approve and monitor their recognized training centers. Also, the qualifications regulators stipulate that AOs and their training centers must work in compliance with the Assessment Principles for First Aid Qualifications (which can be found on the Skills for Health website www.skillsforhealth.org.uk) and the criteria in paragraph 5.
Safeaid Services feels that the platinum standard of training is through a regulated Awarding organization. Our choice of awarding organization is Qualsafe Awards who are an Ofqual recognized Awarding Organization.
This choice of accreditation requires you to show no due diligence with regard to:
- the qualifications expected of trainers and assessors;
- monitoring and quality assurance systems;
- teaching and standards of first-aid practice;
- syllabus content; and
So in our preferred route of delivering training courses you can rest assured that you will continue to receive the highest standard of service that you expect from Safeaid Service.
This change over in legislation will have a number of changes to how we currently operate.
The current Emergency First aid at work course will now be titled:
- Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work
The current First aid at work course will now be titled:
- Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work.
This new method of delivery does not require independent assessors on the final day of the First Aid at Work Course but will require candidates to undergo individual continuous assessment by the course tutor followed by a check on underpinning knowledge using multi choice question papers after each unit has been delivered.
EFAW course now has individual continuous assessment by the course tutor followed by a check on underpinning knowledge using multi choice question papers after each unit has been delivered
Certificates will no longer be able to be issued on the final session at the completion of training. Safeaid Services have to receive certification via our awarding organization. The certificates will then be sent to the course originator.
Candidates already studying under the QCF system will be able to earn credits towards other awards. We must provide on course registration an Expiry date of original certification if candidate is attending a FAAW requalification. This needs to be confirmed by directorate if not available to view in hard copy by instructor at course venue.
Hopefully this change over will have limited impact on your organization but will move Safeaid Services further forward in delivering the best First Aid courses available in the market place today. If you have any queries regarding this change, please do not hesitate to contact us.