Changes to First Aid Regulations Come into effect 1st October 2013

Businesses now have more flexibility in how they manage their provision of first aid in the workplace following a change in health and safety regulations.

As of  October 1st  2013, the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 have been amended, removing the requirement for HSE to approve first aid training and qualifications.

The change is part of HSE’s work to reduce the burden on businesses and put common sense back into health and safety, whilst maintaining standards. The changes relating to first aid apply to businesses of all sizes and from all sectors.


Please be aware there are still many providers that  claim to be training the HSE approved First Aid courses and  claim to be approved providers. There are  no longer any First Aid  courses endosed by the HSE. For more information on the changes please visit.

First Aid at work the Health & Safety Regulations 1981

For full HSE guidance regarding First Aid at work Regulations

for more information please visit the below link for the downloadable version