The Health and Safety Executive recently updated two key documents which provide first aid guidance for employers regarding fulfilling their legal obligations. The two updated documents are L74 First aid at work The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 Guidance on Regulations and GEIS 3 Selecting a first-aid training provider A guide for employers.

Both documents can be accessed on the HSE’s website by clicking on the links above.

Updates to Guidance on Regulations

In L74 First aid at work The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 Guidance on Regulations, emphasis is now placed on employers to consider employees’ mental health in their first aid needs assessment. the Health and Safety Executive say that:

It may also be helpful to have people trained to identify and understand mental ill health symptoms who are able to support someone who is experiencing a mental health issue. You may decide that someone with an FAW or EFAW qualification is already able to provide initial support and reassurance to a worker experiencing an acute mental health episode, but you should consider if any further training is required. You should be satisfied that they:
■ know how to access professional help if necessary;
■ can act promptly, safely and effectively until that help is available.

Additionally, the Health and Safety Executive are now referring to catastrophic bleeding as “life-changing bleeding.” The guidance document includes more guidance regarding what an employer should do if they identify this as a risk within their workplace.

Updates to the guide to selecting a first aid training provider

GEIS 3 Selecting a first-aid training provider A guide for employers has been simplified to make it easier for employers to understand.

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