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Health and Safety Legislation Changes 2013

10th October 13

First Aid at Work Training

As of 1 October 2013, the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 have been amended, removing the requirement for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to approve first aid training and qualifications. This means that businesses now have more flexibility in how they manage their provision of first aid in the workplace. The change is part of HSE’s work to reduce the burden on businesses and put common sense back into health and safety, whilst maintaining standards. The changes relating to first aid apply to businesses of all sizes and from all sectors.

The requirement for an employer to make an assessment of their first-aid needs to establish what provision for first aid is required has not ceased. Individual requirements will depend upon the workplace, taking into account, among other things, the number of employees, size, location and work activity. The revised guidance helps employers identify and select competent training providers. The guidance makes it clear that first aid training is available from a wide range of providers.

The changes are particularly advantageous where additional or specialist training may be required due to the work activity, for example in the outdoor education industry, as employers will be able to choose the most appropriate specialist provider to meet their identified training needs.

All training providers will need to be able to demonstrate how they satisfy the criteria set by HSE. However, the Health and Safety at Work Act clearly places a duty on the employer to select a competent training provider.

Changes to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences (RIDDOR)

Changes to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995 clarify and simplify the reporting requirements. The change affects all employers - including the self-employed [1]

The main changes are in the following areas:


  • The classification of 'major injuries' to workers replaced with a shorter list of 'specified injuries'



  • The existing schedule detailing 47 types of industrial disease replaced with eight categories of reportable work-related illness



  • Fewer types of 'dangerous occurrence' require reporting


There are no significant changes to the reporting requirements for:


  • Fatal accidents



  • Accidents to non-workers (members of the public)



  • Accidents resulting in a worker being unable to perform their normal range of duties for more than seven days


How an incident at work is reported and the criteria that determine whether an incident should be investigated remain the same.

The changes will facilitate improved reporting of such information, whilst not requiring businesses to provide information that is either not used or could be better obtained from other sources.

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