HSE legislation changes: first aid and RIDDOR

By George Roberts

From 1 October 2013, changes have been made to two pieces of health and safety legislation in an attempt to help businesses comply with the law.

Previously, concerning the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) was required to approve the training and qualifications of appointed first aid personnel, which meant businesses having to spend time and effort sending off first aiders’ training certificates and qualifications, which was seen by many as a tick-box exercise.

Now that the HSE approval process has been removed, it will allow businesses greater flexibility to choose their own training providers and training that is right for their work place, based on individual business needs…

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