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Doug Hosie JP, BA, MSc, MEd, MRehab, DipCommHealth. Doug is an Ofqual and SQA approved trainer for First Aid, an advisor for the Royal Life Saving Society and a trainer/assessor for the Safety Training Association. In addition to running his own training company, he has been TfC’s course director for first aid since 2006 and has over thirty years experience in teaching across the primary, secondary and tertiary education sectors including previous work for Training for Care.
Guidelines and Statutory Requirements
Validation of First Aid Courses
HSE withdrew from the validation of First Aid courses on 01.10.2013. First Aid at Work and Emergency First Aid at Work provision is now approved by “qualification regulators”; these are Ofqual, SQA and the Welsh Government. The Approved Code of Practice has also been withdrawn.
The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981
Regulations and Guidance sections 3 and 4 and Appendices 1, 2 and 3 set out the principal duties of the employer , e.g. “Employers have a legal duty to make arrangements to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work”, and related matters, e.g. provision of an Appointed Person or First Aider based on a needs assessment. An assessment tool for this can be downloaded at http://www.hse.gov.uk/assessmenttool.htm .
Regulation 2 Guidance, para 28 is useful reading for care and childcare service providers:
“These Regulations do not require employers to provide first aid for anyone other than their own employees. However, many organisations, such as schools, places of entertainment, fairgrounds and shops, provide a service for others and it is strongly recommended that employers include non-employees in their assessment of first-aid needs and make provision for them. This may require first-aiders to receive additional training above the legal minimum requirement so that they are able to act competently, for example additional training in paediatric first aid if operating in a school.”
European Resuscitation Council
All courses meet the European Resuscitation Council Guidelines for Resuscitation 2015.
First Aid at Work and Emergency First Aid at Work:
TfC Certificate of Attendance with First and Foremost Ofqual/Qualsafe approved provider accreditation.
Emergency First Aid and Epipen Administration:
TfC certificate of attendance
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