Guidance & FAQs
At Tidal, we understand that a solid infrastructure is the foundation for a solid and compliant business. Being aware of and implementing current regulatory guidelines not only supports Health and Safety requirements; it facilitates a safer working environment.
Therefore, the role of the nominated First Aider is a vital one.
As a fully approved education centre regulated by Ofqual through our awarding body, Qualsafe Awards, business diligence and compliance are cornerstones of our business. The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England. As part of our First Aid training courses, sharing information and knowledge is vital to support our clients.
Who are the HSE?
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is a UK government agency responsible for the encouragement, regulation and enforcement of workplace health, safety and welfare, and for research into occupational risks in Great Britain.
Here is what you need to know from the HSE
In the event of injury or sudden illness, failure to provide first aid could result in a casualty’s death. The employer should ensure that an employee who is injured or taken ill at work receives immediate attention.
HSE will prosecute in cases where there is a significant risk, a disregard for established standards or persistent poor compliance with the law. More information can be found in HSE’s Enforcement Policy Statement.
Is first aid in the workplace a legal requirement?
Yes, it is for all businesses with one employee or more. All employers, whether a sole trader or huge public-sector business, have a legal duty to make arrangements, to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. This legislation is laid out in Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 – updated 2015.
Employers’ legal duties
The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. These Regulations apply to all workplaces including those with less than five employees and to the self-employed.
What is ‘adequate and appropriate’ will depend on the circumstances in the workplace. This includes whether trained first-aiders are needed, what should be included in a first-aid box and if a first-aid room is required. Employers should carry out an assessment of first-aid needs to determine what to provide.
The Regulations do not place a legal duty on employers to make first-aid provision for non-employees such as the public or children in schools. However, HSE strongly recommends that non-employees are included in an assessment of first-aid needs and that provision is made for them.
Further guidance can be found making adequate and appropriate provision for first aid in First aid at work: The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 – Guidance on Regulation.
All Tidal Training Ltd First Aid training courses fully comply with current HSE guidelines. This includes specific resuscitation course content as set, reviewed and updated by the Resuscitation Council (UK)
For 100 years, The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has been quietly working behind the scenes to change both legislation and attitudes surrounding accidents. Accidents are a leading preventable cause of death, serious injury and long-term disability, which devastate individuals, families, communities and businesses and place a huge burden on our health and social care system, and on society as a whole.
From 2016-2018, RoSPA, together with many valued partners, worked on a project to produce a national strategy for England, which would serve as a call to action for a step-change in the delivery of accident prevention across the country. Accidents are the biggest threat to all of us for most of our life. More than 14,000 people die as a result of accidents across the UK each year.
The British Heart Foundation is the global leading charity whose vision is a world free from the fear of heart and circulatory diseases. They raise money to research cures and treatments, so we can beat heartbreak forever.
Great Western Air Ambulance Charity attend the most critical patients across the South West region. They were called to 1,887 jobs in 2018 and need donations of over £3 million each year to stay operational. Together they save lives and deliver lifesaving critical care to those in need.
The NHS are clear about First Aid and its value. “Every year in the UK, thousands of people die or are seriously injured in incidents. Many deaths could be prevented if first aid was given before emergency services arrive.” This link routes to their First Aid support pages.
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Commonly and Frequently asked First Aid Questions