Review of the First Aid at Work Regulations. Feedback on the current HSE position Dr Richard Elliott. Why Change?. Modernising the regulatory framework Changing perceptions of the role of FAW Changing patterns of employment Changing market for first aid training. The Process.
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Feedback on the current HSE position
Dr Richard Elliott
(structure, effectiveness, costs, scope)
What additional guidance should HSE give on making a first aid needs assessment?
A LOT !
MANY, not all FAW related
VOLUNTARY > COMPULSORY
Reduce the number of standards accepted by only accepting those of Resuscitation Council & VAS
Accept a wider range of standards including, for example, those of ambulance authorities or Medical Royal Colleges
Encourage the industry to develop its own standard setting body for FAW, perhaps as a collaborative venture between the voluntary and independent sectors
18.3%Standards – Options
The regulations currently require that a first aider shall have:
“such training and qualifications as the Health and Safety Executive may approve for the time being in respect of that case or class of case”
HSE approves structure and content of trainingthe monitoring system would not be administered by HSE but by an independent monitoring body, e.g. from within the industry, with external accreditation, responsible to HSE
No approval system (longer term option)self regulation by the industry
3 %Approval of TrainingOptions
The Approved Code of Practice currently requires that an employer shall provide:
“at least one first aid container supplied with a sufficient quantity of first aid materials suitable for the particular circumstances”
Retain the Regulation and ACoP but replace the suggested contents list with expanded guidance to assist employer to provide the most appropriate materials
Amend the ACoP to specify a mandatory basic contents list, which might not necessarily be appropriate
18.7%First Aid EquipmentOptions
NOT First Aid Box