HSE Warns That First Aid at Work Course Providers Are Not Meeting Standards

The latest eBulletin from the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) has warned that some First Aid at Work (FAW) training providers are not meeting required standards – and may fail an HSE or local authority inspection.

Employers are required to undertake due diligence when selecting their first aid training providers. This means ensuring that the training provided is adequate and appropriate. Although a shorter course length might be cheaper, and easier to fit into a work schedule, the HSE will invalidate inappropriate training certificates and new training will need to be provided.

Examples of shortcuts taken include:

  • Course length is too short – FAW training should be at least 18 hours over 3 days and Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) 6 hours over a minimum of 1 day. FAW re-qualification training should be for 12 hours over a minimum of 2 days.
  • Too few instructors – any class sizes greater than 12 require additional trainers.

Cory Jones, one of the Directors of the First Aid Training Co-operative said:

“It is disappointing that there are some large training organizations who do not follow the rules from the HSE. We welcome this statement from the HSE as a warning to providers who cut corners in their training programmes” 

Cory Jones, First Aid Training Co-operative

At the First Aid Training Co-operative, we’re proud to exceed the HSE due diligence requirements for first aid training providers. To save employers time, we provide a summary document of how we exceed the HSE requirements here.

  • High Quality: We never compromise the quality of our life-saving training courses.
  • Course Length: We publish our course lengths and meet/exceed requirements.
  • Instructors: Our trainers are the best in the industry with the appropriate student to trainer ratios.

If you are an employer concerned about this news, please contact us. We’re always happy to provide impartial guidance to ensure safety in the workplace.