Selecting a First Aid provider
From the 1st October the guidance and regulation regarding First Aid training providers has been changed. When your First Aid needs assessment indicates that trained first-aiders are required, the training should meet the new required standards.
Businesses now have more flexibility in how they manage their provision of First Aid in the workplace following a change in health and safety regulations. As HSE no longer approves first-aid training and qualifications, a new guidance has been produced to help employers select first-aid training providers.
However, HSE will continue to set the standards for training. While the changes give employers flexibility, the one day Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) and three day First Aid at Work (FAW) courses remain the building blocks for first aid training.
Corporate Health have provided First Aid at Work training for many years and in this time have established an excellent reputation. Our training will always meet legislative requirements and we will work with you to provide training that is ideal for your needs.
How do I know a training provider is competent to deliver first-aid training and Do the trainers and assessors have a current First aid at work certificate or qualify for an exemption?
Yes - All First Aid trainers used by Corporate Health hold a First Aid at Work Qualification
Do the trainers have an appropriate training qualification?
Yes - All our trainers are qualified and hold a recognised teaching / training qualification
Do the assessors have an appropriate assessing qualification?
Yes - All our assessors hold a recognised assessing qualification
How do I know a training provider have the relevant quality assurance systems in place? Does the training provider have a documented quality assurance plan designating an individual to take responsibility for quality assurance and including at least annual assessment of the performance of trainers and assessors?
Yes - Corporate Health have a stringent quality assurance process documented and in place
Does the designated quality assurance person have a current First aid at work certificate or qualify for an exemption?
Yes - Our Quality Assurance Officer holds a full First aid at work qualification
Does the designated person have an assessing/verifying qualification?
Yes - Our Quality Assurance Officer holds a assessing / verifying qualification
Is there a documented course evaluation procedure?
Yes - A procedure is in place and is documented and available on request
Is there a documented complaints procedure?
Yes - We take any complaint very seriously and a procedure for dealing with this is in place
Teaching currently accepted first aid practice? Is First aid at work or Emergency First Aid at work taught in accordance with current guidelines published by the Resuscitation Council (UK), and for other aspects of First Aid, in accordance with current guidelines published by the Voluntary Aid Societies (eg. St John Ambulance) or other published guidelines that are supported by a responsible body of medical opinion?
Yes - All procedures covered on our courses meets the current guidelines. Our trainers are updated on a regular basis if any changes are made
Does the course content adequately meet the needs of your workplace, as indicated by your First Aid needs assessment?
Yes - We will work with you, as required, to ensure that the training we provide meets all your identified First Aid needs
For the First aid at work course, does the syllabus include all the required topics set by the HSE and does the course last at least 18 training and assessment contact hours, over three days?
Yes - Our First Aid at Work meets this requirement as a minimum standard
For the First aid at work requalification course, does the syllabus include all the required topics set by the HSE and does the course last at least 12 training and assessment contact hours, over two days?
Yes - Our First Aid at Work requalification meets this requirement as a minimum standard
For the Emergency first aid at work course, does the syllabus include all the required topics set by the HSE and does the course last at least six training and assessment contact hours, over one day?
Yes - Our Emergency First Aid at Work requalification meets this requirement as a minimum standard
Do the certificates issued to students assessed as competent include?
The name of the training organisation?
The title of the qualification?
Reference to the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981?
The date of issue?
Confirmation the certificate is valid for three years?
If training is neither First aid at work or Emergency first aid at work, the certificate should also list the learning outcomes of the syllabus on which candidates have been assessed.
Yes - Our certificates meet the requirements as set by the HSE guidance to the regulations
Options available to those who require training:
Employers have three options available when choosing a training. They are to use a training provider who:
Offer regulated qualifications; or
Operate under voluntary accreditation schemes (including trade/industry bodies); or
Operate independently of any such accreditation scheme.
To ease the strain when selecting a training provider we are able to offer various qualifications. For First Aid at Work & Emergency First Aid at Work we can offer a Corporate Health qualification. These certificate meets the requirements of the Health and Safety Executive and we are able to demonstrate our competencies as above.
In association with our training provider, we can also offer the QCF level 2 and 3 qualifications in Emergency First Aid at Work and First Aid at work (Additional assessment fees will apply for these qualifications).