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First Aid at Work courses

On 1st October 2013, the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 were amended. Under this change the requirement for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to approve first aid training and qualifications. This means that business and employers now have a greater flexibility in how they manage their  first aid provision in the workplace.

However, under the legislation, employers will still need to undertake a First aid needs assessment to establish what provision is required. The HSE states that an employer must provide adequate and appropriate first aid equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure that their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. To assist with this we have provided a first aid needs calculator on all our first aid pages, including this one and on the main First aid page.The assessment will provide you with a report which you can print out to evidence that you have done a first aid needs assessment, We will also be emailed a copy of your report to allow us to contact you regarding your training needs. Our assessment covers all areas the HSE requires you to consider, however, should you which to devise your own needs assessment it should cover, the type of workplace, location, size and number of employees.

If your needs assessment highlights that you should have qualified first aiders, and you need training for this to happen, you will be faced with several options. The HSE does not advocate, promote or support either of the options open to you. These options are:

1. Training companies who choose to offer regulated qualifications regulated by qualification regulators e.g. OfQUAL,

2. those who operate under voluntary approval schemes for example, a trade or industry body having quality assurance schemes accredited by a third party (eg UKAS),

3. Those who operate independently of any such scheme for example, where a training provider chooses to demonstrate their competence to an employer by providing evidence that they meet the criteria set by HSE, OR

4. from one of the Voluntary Aid Societies e.g. St John Ambulance.

As an independent training company, we have elected to go down route 1 and offer regulated qualifications that are regulated by a qualification regulator.

The HSE states that employers should select the most suitable option for them, and has produced guidance on how to select an appropriate training provider. However, to comply with employers 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. You can view the HSE guidance here.

Due Diligence

The HSE guidance advises on the levels of due diligence that employers may be required to follow. When selecting a training provider employers should check that the training provider complies with the standards required to teach first aid. The Training Fox is proud of the high standards of teaching we deliver to our learners on every course we deliver. We operate a formal quality assurance system to ensure that you receive high levels of service as well as ensuring that learners receive up to date, relevant first aid training, taught by professional instructors to the standards required by the regulations and meet our FIRST principles.  

To assist you with your due diligence checks we have answered the questions contained in the HSE document (table 1) for evaluating training providers competence.

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Trainers/Assessors

Do the trainers/assessors have a current FAW certificate or qualify for an exception?

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Steve's first aid at work certificate is due to expire in 2021, he renews his first aid at work under current guidelines every 3 years.

Do the trainers/assessors have an appropriate training/assessing qualification?

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Steve has a teaching qualification as well as an assessing certificate. He also has many years experience of teaching first aid.

Quality Assurance

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?

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There is a robust quality assurance plan in place, trainers are observed at least annually and have a desk based review completed on their paperwork at least every 6 months.

Does the designated person have a current FAW certificate or qualify

for an exemption?

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Our Internal Quality Assurers have current in date First aid at Work certificates, due for renewal in 2021, renewed every 3 years.

Does the designated person have an assessing/verifying qualification?

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Our Internal Quality Assurers have a current qualification and attend standardisation meetings and seminars to keep their practice up to date.

Is there a documented course evaluation procedure?

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At the end of every course, all learners are asked to complete a course evaluation form, these are then reviewed and comments noted. We are careful to review all comments and take any necessary action.

Is there a documented complaints procedure?

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We have a clearly documented complaints procedure, a summary of this is recorded on our learning commitment, which is clearly displayed on all our courses.

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?

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Yes all our first aid courses meet current guidelines, currently the 2015 European Resuscitation Guidelines, as well as guidelines from the organisations named. Our trainers attend seminars and workshops to keep their skills up to date, we also work closely with our Awarding Body to ensure good practice.

We also teach all our First aid courses to our own FIRST principles.

Training Syllabus

Does the course content adequately meet the needs of your

workplace as indicated by your first-aid needs assessment?

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Our courses meet the current Health and Safety Executive guideline's, however if your need assessment highlights a specific part of first aid you require, we are able to tailor a course to your needs.

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?

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Our course syllabus meets appendix 1 of the guidance. It can be taught over 3 full days or a period of weeks up to a a maximum of 10 weeks.

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?

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Our FAW Re-qualification course meets appendix 1 of the guidance. It is taught under the assumption that this course is a refresher course. you should consider taking this course within 1 month of your certificate's expiration date. It can be taught over 2 full days or over a period of weeks up to a maximum of 6 weeks.

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?

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Our Emergency First Aid at Work course fully meets the requirements of appendix 2 in the guidance. It is taught to  our FIRST Principles and high standards and over 1 full day or over a maximum of a 3 week period.

For EFAW requalification, does the syllabus include the topics

listed in Appendix 2 and does the course last six training and assessment contact hours, over one day?

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Our EFAW course fully meets the appendix 2 in the guidance. It is taught over 1 full day or can be taught in smaller segments up to a period of 3 weeks.

Certificates

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.)

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Our course certificates are awarded by our Awarding Body and contain all of the information specified in the guidance. At present in addition to our full A4 certificates our Awarding Body provide a credit card sized certificate as standard. This is useful for you to carry around in your wallet or purse.