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Your due diligence information pack for First Aid provision

( Available upon request)

As you may be aware the HSE’s responsibility to regulate First Aid training in the UK ends on 31st September 2013. As of 1st October 2013 it is the responsibility of the employer to find a suitable and competent provider of First Aid training which meets the standards set out under the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981.

It is also the employers responsibility to ensure that First Aiders remain competent with the skills they have learnt.

As an employer you will have a number of choices, you could use:

  • Voluntary Aid Societies (St John Ambulance, Red Cross and St Andrew’s First Aid)
  • Providers who offer:
  • Regulated Qualifications
  • Operate under voluntary accreditation schemes
  • Operate completely independently of any scheme

Your responsibility is to ensure due diligence in your selection.

The Training Co has put this document together to help with your selection and although can-not vouch for the standards of others, it details and proves that by selecting The Training Co you have met your responsibilities under the Law.

The Training Co regulated qualifications

Prior to deregulation The Training Co was a registered First Aid provider with the HSE. We are now registered with the following Awarding Bodies to deliver Regulated qualifications:
Awards2

Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH)
Qualfsafe Awards
Highfield
The Association Of First Aiders

 

HSE Guidance

The HSE’s guidance on how to select a training provider includes the following checks:

ChecksIs the Training Co compliant?
Qualification’s of Trainers and Assessors
Monitoring and Quality Assurance System
Teaching and Standards of First-Aid Practice
Syllabus Content
Certification

The following is a detailed matrix which can be used to support your due diligence for selection – ‘Checks’ have been re-produced, word for word from the HSE’s guidance ‘Selecting a first-aid training provider: A guide for employers’:

CheckYesNoDetails
Trainer/Assessors
Do the trainers/assessors have a current FAW certificate of qualify for an exemption?Current certificates copied on Pg 6
Do the trainers/assessors have an appropriate training/assessing qualificationsCertification on pg 7
Quality Assurance
Is there a documented quality assurance plan designating an individual to take responsibility for the quality assurance, including assessment of the performance of trainers/assessors at least annually?
Does the designated person have a current FAW certificate or qualify for an exemption?
Does the designated person have an assessing/verifying qualification?
Is there a documented course evaluation procedure?
Is there a documented complaints procedure?
Teaching currently accepted first-aid practice
Is FAW/EFAW taught in accordance with current guidelines on adult basic life support published by the Resuscitation Council (UK), and for other aspects of first aid in accordance with current guidelines published be the Voluntary Aid Societies or other published guidelines that are supported be a responsible body of medical opinion?
Training syllabus
*Does the course content adequately meet the needs of your workplace as indicated by your first-aid needs assessment?
For FAW, does the syllabus include the topics listed in Appendix 1 and does the course include at least 18 training and assessment contact hours, over three days?
For FAW requalification, does the syllabus include the topics listed in Appendix 1 and does the course last at least 12 training and assessment contact hours, over two days?
For EFAW, does the syllabus include the topic listed in Appendix 2 and does the course last at least six training and assessment contact hours, over one day?
For EFAW requalification, does the syllabus include the topics listed in Appendix 2 and does the course last at least six training and assessment contact hours, over one day?
Certificates
Do the certificate’s issued to students assessed as competent contain the name of the training organisation, the title of the qualification (e.g. FAW or EFAW), reference to the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981, the date of issue and confirmation the certificate is valid for three years?(If training is neither FAW nor EFAW the certificate should also list the learning outcomes of the syllabus on which candidates have been assessed)

Quality Assurance – Example

The following is a detailed matrix, which has been devised from the HSE’s ‘Selecting a first-aid training provider: A guide to employers’ and details The Training Co’s quality assurance procedures:

 RoleKnowledge
Qualification
Expiry dateTraining
Qualification
Assessing
Qualification
Skill
Assessmentdate
Verification
Qualification
Copies attached
Matthew CookeDesigTrainAssessFAW16/12/14 CITPD32/33 01/09/13 D34
Paul DoddTrainAssess
Carl TaylorTrainAssess
Ian RaeTrainAssess
Kevin FisherAssess
Jen Latham
Anton Vink

Copies of all the above certificates are available upon request

Desig – Designated person responsible for qualify assurance

Train – Trainer

Assess – Assessor

Our Quality Assurance system also includes:

 

Student Feedback sheetsSpecific for each course
Documented Complaints procedureAppendix 4
Student Assessments are kept for 3 yearsPaper and electronic
Sufficient quantity of well maintained equipmentNo more that 1:4 usually less
Training is completed within a suitable timeframeAs per guidance
Class sizes are restricted to 12 unless additional provision is provided
Reasonable adjustment policyAppendix 4
Is first-aid taught in accordance with current practice
Are the syllabus’s appropriate?FA Risk Assessment attached
Are the certificates issued compliant?Within 2 weeks (usually earlier)