NEED FIRST AID TRAINING? We’ve got you covered!
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) First Aid training legislation is changing. This will affect YOUR business in Scotland.
On 1 October 2013, the HSE will no longer be responsible for approving First Aid training providers. This means you are free to look around for a training provider that best suits your company’s needs but beware, you will also now have the responsibility of ensuring this training meets a quality standard and delivers the most up to date information. On it’s website, the HSE has provided guidance to businesses on how to do this. HSE suggests you will find ‘ready-made’ assurance when considering a voluntary aid society such as St Andrew’s First Aid Training and Supplies LTD.
Welcoming the changes, Jim Dorman, Operations Director of St Andrew’s First Aid says: “Employers must now choose carefully when selecting their First Aid training provider. The changes mean employers are now liable and must conduct full due diligence on the provider. It is no longer the case that HSE will approve the training provider – the responsibility now lies with the employer.”
Providing advice on the considerations employers should take in selecting their First Aid training Jim added: “It is important to have a good understanding of your First Aid needs in the workplace. Do you have people with specific medical conditions such as allergies? What sort of injuries or illnesses might typically be present in your organisation? Do you have or require specialist equipment such as an AED or Evac-Chair? There are a lot of factors to consider which is why St Andrew’s First Aid is here to help you and assist you in meeting the required standards.”
St Andrew’s First Aid Training and Supplies Ltd has been identified in HSE guidance as “standard bearers” in the delivery of First Aid training. Commenting on this achievement, Managing Director of St Andrew’s First Aid Training and Supplies Ltd, Michelle Ferguson said: “For over 130 years we have been a leading provider of First Aid training in Scotland. As one of the authors of the award winning First Aid Manual, we welcome these changes and I can assure businesses that if you choose to train with St Andrew’s First Aid then we’ve got you covered. You’re in safe hands!”
For information on First Aid training and the HSE changes please visit www.firstaid.org.uk .