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Views sought on draft first aid guidance

Posted in: Workplace Injuries 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a consultation on the content of revised guidance to help businesses put in place appropriate arrangements for the provision of first aid.

The current Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) text on first aid may also be removed and incorporated into the new guidance to provide simple, comprehensive information for all.

The changes are part of HSE’s work to make it easier for businesses to understand what they need to do to comply with workplace health and safety law, while maintaining standards. They will be of interest to businesses of all sizes and from all sectors.

HSE consulted late last year on proposals to amend the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981, to remove the requirement for HSE approval of first aid training and qualifications. This was in response to recommendations made by Professor Ragnar Löfstedt in his independent review of health and safety legislation.

The HSE Board approved the proposed changes to the regulations. Subject to Parliamentary approval, the intention is for the amended regulations to be in place from 1st October 2013.


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