Changes to First Aid Regulations Query (UK)

From today (1 October 2013), the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 (applicable in Britain) are amended removing the requirement for Britain’s HSE to approve first aid training and qualifications. The change is also reflected in amendment of the Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2012 which brought in Fees for Intervention (FFI) cost recovery from 1st October 2012.

Subscribers to our paid-for Email Alert/Regulatory Support service with Tailored EHS Legislation Registers will be notified tomorrow, and their law documents are already amended.

This change is part of the work of Britain’s HSE to reduce the burden on businesses and relates to businesses of all sizes and from all sectors.

Per the HSE Press Release – information, including the regulations document and a guidance document to help employers identify and select a competent training provider to deliver any first-aid training indicated by their first-aid needs assessment, are available on the HSE website at

HSE will continue to set the standards for training. While the changes give employers flexibility, HSE’s one day Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) and three day First Aid at Work (FAW) courses remain the building blocks for first aid training.

ACoP L74 is amended (issued in its third edition).

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