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 endorsed by the HSE.