Important Changes to First Aid Training Regulation
You may be aware that following a recent government review, changes are taking place to remove the direct approval of first aid training providers by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). This significant change is expected to happen in October 2013, subject to final HSE Board and ministerial approval.
What does this mean for employers?
When the proposed changes take effect, the responsibility of ensuring the quality of first aid training moves to you, the employer. Draft guidance published by the HSE covers six pages of due diligence (reasonable investigation) that an employer should undertake if they choose unregulated first aid training. This includes checks on the competency of trainers, internal quality assurers and more.
Now here’s the good news…
If your first aiders undertake Regulated First Aid Qualifications (national qualifications accredited by an Ofqual or SQA recognised Awarding Organisation), the guidance is clear that you don’t have to undertake any of this lengthy due diligence process.
In short, Regulated Qualifications have the “Ofqual” or “SQA” logo on certificates, so a HSE inspector will accept this for the purposes of the first aid regulations. No due diligence evidence will be required.
We have been proactive in addressing these changes, so Pembrokeshire First Aid Training is already a registered centre with Qualsafe Awards, a leading Ofqual recognised Awarding Organisation in first aid. We are already delivering the new regulated qualifications with very positive feedback from students.
Regulated First Aid Qualifications are not only accepted by the HSE right now - you can be confident that they will meet your future legal requirements too.
So contact us now and your first aiders could be receiving the new “platinum standard” in first aid training, from a training company that you trust.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
HSE acceptance of Regulated Qualifications: www.hse.gov.uk/firstaid/whats-new/approval-first-aid-training.htm
Qualsafe Awards: www.qualsafeawards.org
Qualsafe Awards Regulated First Aid at Work Qualification: http://register.ofqual.gov.uk/Qualification/Details/600_7621_5
Welcome to Our Website
Pembrokeshire First Aid Training was established in 2003 by Dillwyn Griffiths, a retired State Registered Paramedic, with over 30 years of NHS experience. We are fully registered as a training centre under Ofqual, and run our course under the umbrella organisation of Qualsafe, one of the UK’s leading first aid organisations. Pembrokeshire First Aid Training has forged a strong and enviable reputation founded on our levels of knowledge and vast experience in the field.
We specialise in both the Ofqual registered Level 3 FAAW (3 day) and Level 2 EFAAW (1 day) courses as well as general first aid courses administered by other national organisations, for example, the Welsh Rugby Union.
Our training can be delivered in our own training and learning centre, complete with all the required facilities, or we can train you in your building, provided there are sufficient facilities .
Based in Milford Haven, and travelling across the wider regional area to provide quality first aid solutions to the general public and the commercial sector, we pride ourselves on being a valuable local resource to help you prepare yourself for any emergency medical situation.
For training in community first aid in Pembrokeshire, there is only one name to call for powerful training solutions delivered by only the most skilled of trainers. With a call to Pembrokeshire First Aid Training, you can be sure all your first aid training needs are in the most competent of hands.
Our First Aid Training Courses
The Health and Safety Executive under the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 require that all employers within the UK perform a risk assessment that determines their first aid requirements. This risk assessment may identify the minimun need for at least one registered first aider or emergency first aider on the premises at all timse per staff rota, and the level of certifictaion they would require.
We provide the following training courses:
· Level 3 First Aid At Work (3 day course, 2 day refresher, annual 3hr refresher)
· Level 2 Emergency First Aid At Work (1 day course)
· General Emergency First Aid Training
· Epipen Training
· Defibrillator Training
· Paediatric Courses
· Sports First Aid
· Bespoke First Aid Training
Discounts are available for group bookings and charitable organisations, please contact us for details.