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Welcome to our first newsletter

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In this issue:

  • Changes to workplace first aid regulations
  • Defibrillators - what are they? Why should you have one?

Workplace First Aid Training

From 6th April 2013, the HSE are no longer responsible for the approval of First Aid Training and Training Providers. So what does this mean for you:
  • External assessors are no longer explicitly required for the 3 day First Aid at Work (FAW) course although the training provider must provide evidence of internal quality assurance and monitoring.
  • The 1 day Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) course is to be a Level 2 (Level 5 in Scotland) course.
  • The 3 day FAW course is to be a Level 3 (Level 6 in Scotland) course.
  • The syllabus will mostly remain the same, however early draft documents suggest that the secondary survey (top to toe) is to be removed from the 1 day EFAW course. Hot and cold conditions (hypothermia, heat exhaustion and heat stroke) are to be removed from the 3 day FAW.
  • The hours in the classroom will remain the same (meaning more teaching time on the 3 day course as there is no formal assessment time).
  • Current qualifications will still run 'their time' i.e. if you hold an existing EFAW/FAW certificate it will expire 3 years from the completion date. You will not have to redo the qualification on 6th April 2013 (unless it expires on that date).
  • You can 'top up' from the 1 day EFAW course to the full 3 day FAW by completing days 2 and 3 if completed within 28 days.
  • It now becomes the responsibility of the customer of the training provider to check that they are receiving an appropriate course i.e. the provider has the relevant qualifications and experience.

So what will HSE be doing with workplace first aid?

They will still be responsible for the setting of the standards that awarding organisations needs to achieve and maintain to provide first aid training. They will also be responsible for the setting of the syllabus for first aid training in the workplace.

Defibrillators (AEDs)

Do you know what a defibrillator is used for? Do you they are designed so that anyone can use them? Did you know that when a person suffers from one of the commonest types of cardiac arrest (VF), without defibrillation, they will not survive.

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