The new First Aid Regulations with effect 1st October 2013 made easy for you.
The last thing we all need in business is new regulations to get our heads around and the updated First Aid Regulations may cause you some concern. HSE have withdrawn their endorsement of First Aid Providers and it is now the responsibility of Employers to choose a Training Provider who can deliver a course suitable for their business and to be able to make that choice based on “due diligence” which means that various standards are maintained and quality is assured and can be evidenced. There are strict guidelines for First Aid Training Providers to meet, but how are you as an Employer going to be sure you have make the right decision and can prove it.
Newlands Training Ltd has worked for many years with Whitehorse Training for the delivery of our First Aid at Work courses and we are confident that all Employer due diligence needs will be met under the new First Aid regulations that came into effect on 1st October 2013.
For your evidence and peace of mind, please see our statement below and we look forward to making you welcome on one of our First Aid courses.
The following table is designed to assure clients that First Aid training accredited by Whitehorse fully complies with the requirements of the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 (Oct 2013) and is a member of the Federation of First Aid Training Organisations.
The following HSE checklist should be used when evaluating the competence of any training organisations.
|Do the trainers/assessors have a current FAW certificate or qualify for an exemption?||√||Whitehorse only employs Paramedics, Ambulance Technicians, EMTs and Advanced First Aiders as Tutors, who all hold the required qualifications.|
|Do the trainers/assessors have an appropriate training/assessing qualification?||√||Whitehorse only employs Tutors who hold a minimum of a PTLLS Teaching qualification.|
|Is there a documented quality assurance plan designating an individual to take responsibility for quality assurance, including assessment of the performance of trainers/assessors at least annually?||√||Whitehorse is a member of the FOFATO and is also accredited by the CQC, CIEH and APT Awards for quality assurance, Company Director Robert Hamilton is the Designated person.|
|Does the designated person have a current FAW certificate or qualify for an exemption?||√||Robert Hamilton and all tutors hold a current FAW certificate or qualify for an exemption (Paramedics)|
|Does the designated person have an assessing/verifying qualification?||√||Robert Hamilton holds a CertEd and All Tutors hold minimum PTLLS|
|Is there a documented course evaluation procedure?||√||Given to each student on completion of course.|
|Is there a documented complaints procedure?||√||Made available to all students and Clients.|
|Teaching currently accepted first-aid practice|
|Is FAW/EFAW taught in accordance with current guidelines on adult basic life support published by the Resuscitation Council (UK), and for other aspects of first aid, in accordance with current guidelines published by the Voluntary Aid Societies or other published guidelines that are supported by a responsible body of medical opinion?||√||Whitehorse was accredited by the HSE and has always delivered its training to the guidelines given by the HSE First Aid at Work regulations 1981, the UK Resuscitation Council and UK Ambulance Service (JRCALC) 2013|
|Does the course content adequately meet the needs of your workplace as indicated by your first-aid needs assessment?||√||Whitehorse will work with its clients to ensure they receive the appropriate training which may include AED, or other specialist training|
|For FAW, does the syllabus include the topics listed in Appendix 1 and does the course include at least 18 training and assessment contact hours, over three days?||√||Whitehorse training syllabus fully complies with Appendix 1 – Appendix 5 (FAWR) and will be delivered over 18 hours over 3 days.|
|For FAW requalification, does the syllabus include the topics listed in Appendix 1 and does the course last at least 12 training and assessment contact hours, over two days?||√||Whitehorse training syllabus fully complies with Appendix 1 – Appendix 5 (FAWR) and will be delivered over 12 hours over 2 days.|
|For EFAW, does the syllabus include the topics listed in Appendix 2 and does the course last at least six training and assessment contact hours, over one day?||√||Whitehorse training syllabus fully complies with Appendix 2 – Appendix 6 (FAWR) and will be delivered over 6 hours.|
|For EFAW requalification, does the syllabus include the topics listed in Appendix 2 and does the course last at least six training and assessment contact hours, over one day?||√||Whitehorse training syllabus fully complies with Appendix 2 – Appendix 6 (FAWR) and will be delivered over 6 hours.|
|Do the certificates issued to students assessed as competent contain the name of the training organisation, the title of the qualification (eg FAW or EFAW), reference to the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981, the date of issue and confirmation the certificate is valid for three years? (If training is neither FAW nor EFAW the certificate should also list the learning outcomes of the syllabus on which candidates have been assessed.)||√||Certificates issued by Whitehorse will contain the information required by Regulation 3 in the First Aid at Work Regulations 1981 (2013)|
This is a good link to the HSE website where they offer advice on how to establish due diligence in your choice of Training Provider.