All organisations must ensure by law that they have a sufficient number of employees who possess a first aid qualification in order to fulfil their first aid needs at all times. Employers must ensure that their provision is ‘adequate and appropriate in the circumstances’. It is the employer’s responsibility to decide what the requirements of the organisation are by assessing any specific work hazards and ensuring that sufficient equipment, facilities and personnel are available to deal with the consequences of these hazards.
As part of each assessment, the HSE recommends organisations should consider things such as the nature of the work and the subsequent hazards and risks, the size of the organisation, work patterns and accident histories.
First aid qualifications are changing – with new requirements for tutors, assessors and IQA from later in the year.
The changes, which come into effect from 1 October 2015, will see a number of updates implemented designed to improve the rigour of first-aid qualifications and safeguard learners.
Details of the changes include requirements that:
. Tutors hold regulated teaching or training qualifications
. Assessors have a formal (regulated) assessing qualification
. IQAs will need to achieve a formal (regulated) IQA qualification
Where assessors and IQAs do not hold the required qualifications, they will need to undertake first-aid assessor/IQA CPD training with an Awarding Organisation.
Further details of the tutor/assessor and IQA qualifications can be found within the qualification specification for any of the HABC first aid at work qualifications or within the Skills for Health assessment principle document.:
The current range of qualifications offered by HABC includes the following:
• HABC Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (QCF)
• HABC Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF)
• HABC Award in Emergency First Aid at Work at SCQF Level 5
• HABC Award in First Aid at Work at SCQF Level 6
• HABC Level 2 Award in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation (QCF)
• HABC Level 3 Award in First Aid Response
• HABC Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (QCF)
• HABC Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid (QCF)
For more information on each of these qualifications, please click on the links below: