Some of you may already be aware that the HSE legislation change has been pushed back to October 2013 from April 2013. There are also a few other things to be aware of in the current draft.

  • Existing levels and numbers of first aiders are to stay the same in the workplace, however extra training should be delivered if it is relevant. Several examples of this are give:
    1. When working outdoors for extended periods, e.g forestry or track-side rail work, the topics of hypothermia and hyperthermia should be included (these are due to be dropped from the FAW syllabus).
    2. Confined space working requires people to be trained in oxygen administration.
    3. Where there is evidence of a history of conditions occurring in the workplace, i.e. heart conditions or cardiac arrests would suggest an AED(defibrillator) would be required with staff trained in its use.
    4. Where there is a person who has anaphylaxis, then additional training may be required.
    5. Remote locations are likely to need the availability of oxygen administration, AED training, the effects of hot and cold (hypothermia and hyperthermia).
    6. Schools are specifically mentioned that in a large secondary school (1500 pupils), 3 first aiders (FAW) should as a minimum, be on duty at all times. AED training should be considered.
  • Alternative qualifications can be used that cover the elements of FAW/EFAW and any extra conditions/requirements. This would be to include things like oxygen administration, AED training, hypo/hyperthermia and anaphylaxis. Courses such as First Person On Scene (FPOS) Intermediate could meet this need.
  • Some due diligence may be required from the client to check the training provider is competent. If the provider works under an ‘Awarding Organisation’ no due diligence is required, if they use the voluntary aid sector, some due diligence is required. If it is an industry body or independent organisation then full due diligence is required. This means you would need to ensure the following:
    1. The content of any first-aid training is appropriate and that elements of the syllabus in common with FAW or EFAW are delivered in accordance with currently accepted standards for first-aid practice
    2. In-house individuals acting as trainers/assessors have the necessary skills, qualifications and competencies expected of those working for an external training provider
    3. A system of quality assurance is in place ensuring that the competence of trainers/assessors is regularly reviewed by competent ‘verifiers’. These systems should be reviewed on an annual basis by a competent person independent of those directly involved in the delivery/assessment of this training
    4. Class sizes are appropriate and take account of the needs and capabilities of those undertaking any training
    5. Certificates issued contain the correct information
    6. Equipment provided is suitable and sufficient
    7. Training consists of sufficient, minimum contact training time