First Aid at Work course aims to train employees up to the standard required by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for the Purpose of the Health and Safety First Aid Regulations 1981.
As an employer it is your responsibility to ensure that your workplace has a standard of first aid training that matches the hazards that are outlined on your needs assessment.
Due to changes in October of 2013, the Health and Safety Executive is no longer required to provide formal approval of first aid training and employers will have more selection of health and safety courses and providers.
This means that employees have more responsibility to ensure that the training course and the training provider they choose meets the right standards. Although the HSE will no longer be formally approving all first aid training, the law still states that employers need to provide adequate and appropriate equipment and personnel who are able to provide assistance in an emergency.
First aid is always the first level of care when an accident or injury occurs. First aid is performed by a trained (but non-expert) person in order to treat the patient as much as possible until medical treatment arrives.
First aid training teaches a number of simple yet potentially lifesaving techniques that can be performed with minimal equipment. Sometimes, the life of an individual can depend on whether the correct techniques are given within the first few minutes of an accident or illness.
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