First Aid April 2016 eBulletin

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First aid at work eBulletin


Welcome to the HSE April 2016 First-Aid eBulletin

This ebulletin informs duty holders on matters that affect workplace first aid under the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 and recent changes to the Offshore Installations and Pipeline Works (First-Aid) Regulations 1989.

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Blended Learning

Following a review HSE accepts that some elements of workplace first aid training can now be delivered remotely via distance based IT methodology.  We will be revising our guidance to reflect this change, and outline which elements must still be classroom based (which are those elements that require candidates “to administer first aid”).  Our guidance will include advice for employers on the requirements that need to be met to provide assurance that the computer based element of the training is fit for purpose.  HSE guidance GEIS3 will be updated to reflect this change, however due to a publications prioritisation exercise, we are unable to advise when this will take place.

First Aid and Resuscitation Guideline Changes

Following the review of resuscitation guidelines by the Resuscitation Council UK  in October 2015 employers need to be aware that a competent training provider should indicate by December 2016 that they train in accordance with these new standards.  This does not mean that you have to retrain your existing first aiders if they still hold a current certificate.  You may though wish to refresh the first aid skills of your existing first aiders which is strongly recommended in our guidance.



Offshore First Aid and Offshore Medic Dispensations

From the 11 April HSE will no longer issue letters of dispensation for offshore first aiders and offshore medics whose certificates have expired and who wish to attend a requalification course.  Instead our guidance now states that those seeking to requalify need to determine their suitability in conjunction with the training provider.

Offshore First Aid and Offshore Medic Training Provider Guidance Changes

Following the revision of the Advisory Code of Practice to the Offshore installations and pipeline works (first-aid) regulations 1989.  Training providers need to be aware that HSE have published new guidance for offshore medic and offshore first aid training providers.  You are advised to carefully read these documents.

Fee Increases for HSE Approved Offshore Medic and Offshore First Aid Training Providers

All of HSE’s cost recovery rates will be increasing by 4% from 6 April 2016 as HSE has a duty to recover the costs of carrying out its regulatory functions from the businesses it regulates. This means that fees and charges will rise for

·         The approval and monitoring of offshore first aid and offshore medic training providers

Details of the increases can be found on the web site 



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