Understand the key questions to ask your prospective first aid training providers.

First aid at work HSE guidelines

As an employer in the United Kingdom, you have a legal duty to ensure that your employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or ill in your workplace. To make sure that there are people ready in your workplace to respond to an emergency, relevant members of your staff need to take appropriate first aid training. But how can you be sure that the first aid training that you are looking to provide to your employees is appropriate and up to the required standard, to be sure you’re fulfilling your duty of care in the workplace? Read on to learn all you need to know to ensure that the quality of the first aid training provider you choose is up to scratch.

In this article, we outlined some key questions to ask your prospective first aid training providers.  

Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 requires employers to provide employees with effective and immediate attention if they are injured or become ill at work. Click this link to learn more about the UK HSE First Aid at Work guidelines.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) First Aid Trainer Checklist

Although the HSE doesn’t need to specifically approve the first aid training and first aid qualifications that you choose to provide to your employees, the HSE do provide a handy due diligence checklist. The HSE first aid trainer checklist is the ideal tool to help you choose a trusted training provider, to make sure that you (and your staff) receive high-quality first aid training for the workplace.

The HSE first aid trainer checklist outlines:

  • Relevant qualifications that first aid trainers and assessors should hold
  • Appropriate first aid training provider monitoring and quality systems
  • The teaching standards and first aid practices that the provider should meet
  • The course syllabus content and certification standards that the course should include

To ensure that your first aid training provider provides quality training, so you meet your legal requirements, the provider should meet the HSE criteria outlined above.

Key questions to ask your first aid training provider

By asking your prospective training provider the following questions, you can check that they meet the HSE criteria.

Do your first aid trainers and assessors hold a current first aid at work certificate?

All of the training providers trainers and assessors should hold a current first aid at work certificate. The best providers regularly monitor their trainers, and have document in-house training refresher plans, to ensure that their trainers are up-to-date with the very latest standards and practice.

Do your trainers and assessors hold a first aid trainer and assessor qualification?

A reputable first aid training provider is likely to have an internal accredited training program, which is in-line with HSE guidelines.

Does the first aid training provider have a quality assurance plan?

Reputable training providers should have a documented plan that ensures thier training programmes deliver consistently high levels of quality training to their candidates.

Do you have a documented course evaluation system?

A proactive training provider is should be able to provide post course feedback to companies that request it. Post course feedback can help organisations to understand how the first aid training fits in with their internal learning and development programmes.

Is the first aid at work and emergency first aid at work training delivered in accordance with HSE requirements?

As first aid at work requirements, standards and curriculums are constantly evolving, your first aid training provider should be consistently reviewing their practices and course syllabus. To ensure that the first aid courses you attend are up-to-date, it’s imperative to choose a training provider that constantly reviews their own internal practices. A training provider that meets HSE requirements, such as the First Aid at Work course by First Aid Bristol, will ensure that your staff are trained to be the best first aiders they can be.

Accreditations to look out for when choosing a First Aid at Work course include:

The best first aid training providers, such as First Aid Bristol, not only meet syllabus guidelines, they actually exceed them. The very best providers deliver tailored training that leads to you being the most competent first aider at work that you can be.

Does the first aid training content effectively meet the needs of your workplace?

As specified by the HSE, as an employer, it is your responsibility to assess the particular needs of your workplace. You are required to work out what first aid provision is required. Click the following link to read the HSE guidance on how to make a first aid needs assessment for your workplace. It’s important to discuss your workplace and business with your prospective training provider, who will be able to advise on whether the first aid course you are going to sign up for is appropriate for your organisation’s requirements.

Does the first aid at work requalification syllabus include topics specified by the HSE?

It’s important to check that your prospective training provider’s first aid requalification course includes the topics specified by the HSE. Your first aid at work requalification course should also last at least 12 hours and be assessed over at least two days.