HSE gives clear guidance as to how to select a first aid training provider. We are giving you a clear overview below.
You can also click here to read HSE's document, 'Selecting a first-aid training provider - a guide for employers' if you would like to read the full version yourself; you can also download it to use for reference at a later date.
This will give you an idea of what first aid provision you need, and how to choose a competent training provider.
What are your options?
Your options are to either choose external training providers, or run in-house training. If you choose to go with in-house training, you have to abide by a lot of clauses to make sure you comply with the law and the training is fit for purpose.
External training providers could be either voluntary aid societies (St John Ambulance, British Red Cross and, in Scotland, St Andrew's First Aid) or a training provider who offers regulated qualifications that are recognised by a regulated 'awarding organisation'. These Awarding Organisations are regulated by qualification regulators (Ofqual, SQA or, in Wales, the Welsh Government). This means there are rigorous quality assurance systems in place to ensure quality of teaching and compliance with the law. The voluntary aid societies do not always seem to have these processes in place.
Whichever option you choose, 'to comply with your legal duties under the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 that choice must be appropriate and adequate, based on a needs assessment and appropriate due diligence (reasonable investigation) being conducted. The amount of effort you need to put into due diligence will vary for each option.'
Where do we fit in?
The courses we offer are Ofqual regulated qualifications accredited by Qualsafe Awards. This means that you can rest assured that your training is of high quality, is appropriate and adequate and all due diligence has already been performed by Qualsafe Awards - it's an easy way to be compliant with the Health and Safety (First Aid at Work) Regulations 1981.
Not just First Aid either
Not only do we run a long list of Ofqual regulated qualifications in First Aid, we also run Ofqual regulated qualifications in Food Safety, Fire Safety, Health and Safety and Manual Handling. So once again, you are assured of quality assured training which helps towards your compliance with Food Safety and Health and Safety regulations.
So why not book your course now?
Now that you know our courses are compliant with relevant regulations, why not book your course now?
Options are joining a publicly run course, or to ask us to run a course specifically for you and your staff, at your venue or ours.
We always make sure our courses are fun and engaging, interactive and varied. Candidates have fun while learning, and leave the course with a full understanding of the subject and the ability to apply this in their workplace (and at home, in their community and so forth).
Talk to us, either by phone on 01246 451812 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.