First aid changes mean businesses must review training needs

first aid training coursesKey changes to the regulations relating to first aid training in the workplace will mean that employers will have more choice over providing employees with training which closer meets their requirements and based on individual needs.

Being led by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) the changes, which come into effect at the end of October, will see employers having greater responsibility to assess their first aid requirements and put the necessary provisions and suitably trained staff in place.

Cheshire-based first aid training provider, Extreme Security sees the assessment as key to helping companies deciding what its requirements are.

Extreme Security Director Mark Longden, says: “Businesses need to fully understand what its exact requirements are so that the training they are offering to their staff meets the real needs. It is also important to consider if you want to have staff available that have different first aid skills. The type of business you are, size, location, and type of operation will all dictate the type of training course required.”

Mark adds; “There is a growing awareness of businesses, particularly in the retail and leisure sector of the importance of having staff who are able not only to deal with its own staff but also with any problems that can come from dealing with the public.

“The HSE changes provide HR departments to review the current position and take steps to fill any gaps that they identify. It is also important to select a training provider that has the right experience and full understanding of your individual concern.”

Extreme provide a range of courses covering different levels of experience, refresher courses and specialist courses including anaphylaxis and paediatric first aid. It also offers defibrillator training as part of its CPR and AED courses.

For more information on first aid training in the workplace, contact Andy Goodwin directly at Extreme Security on 0844 277 2502.