As an employer, you must provide:
- adequate and appropriate first-aid equipment
- facilities and personnel to ensure your employees receive immediate attention
Managers responsible for first aid have a number of options available to them when selecting a first-aid training provider. You should select the most suitable option for your needs. However, to comply with your legal duties under the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 that choice must be appropriate and adequate based on a needs assessment. It is also important to carry out appropriate due diligence.
When selecting a training provider you should check:
- the qualifications expected of trainers and assessors
- what monitoring and quality assurance systems in place
- teaching and standards of first-aid practice
- syllabus content
All training providers should be able and prepared to demonstrate how they satisfy the above criteria.
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
- voluntary accreditation schemes (St John Ambulance, British Red Cross and St Andrew’s First Aid)
- operate independently of any such accreditation scheme
Should an employer decide to provide first-aid training in-house they will need to make sure that the first-aid training is fit for purpose by ensuring:
- the content of any first-aid training is appropriate
- in-house individuals acting as trainers/assessors have the necessary skills, qualifications and competencies expected of those working for an external training provider
- a system of quality assurance is in place ensuring that the competence of trainers/assessors is regularly reviewed by competent ‘verifiers’
- class sizes are appropriate and take account of the needs and capabilities of those undertaking any training
- equipment provided is suitable and sufficient
- training consists of sufficient, minimum contact training time
Trainers/assessors should have knowledge and competence in first aid, as demonstrated by:
- a current, valid FAW certificate
- being registered and licensed as a doctor with the General Medical Council
- current registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
- current registration as a paramedic with the Health and Care Professions Council
- knowledge and competence in training and/or assessing, demonstrated by holding a training/ assessing qualification
We recommend sourcing a local training provider for the best outcome.
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