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HSE Comparison

The regulation changes, implemented from October 2013, meant that HSE will no longer approve training providers

and qualifications. It will continue to manage the standard for first aid by which all courses should be set. The aim is to give

employers greater flexibility to choose the training to meet their identified first aid needs.

 

The HSE guidance advises on the levels of due diligence that you may be required to follow when selecting a first

aid training provider. Rest assured first aid training by St John Wales will always meet your business's needs and

the standards required by the HSE.

When undertaking due diligence of a training provider you should check:

 

HSE Criteria

Does St John Wales meet this criteria?

Trainers/Assessors

 

Do trainers/assessors have a current FAW certificate or qualify for an exemption

Yes.

 

Do the trainers / assessors have an appropriate training/assessing qualification?

Yes.

All trainers have a teaching certificate, with the majority achieving PGCE/Cert Ed level

Quality Assurance

 

Is there a documented quality assurance plan designating an individual to take responsibility for quality assurance, including assessment of the performance of trainers/assessors at least annually?

Yes.

St John Wales has a documented quality assurance plan in place.

Does the designated person have a current FAW certificate or qualify for an exemption?

Yes.

 

Does the designated person have an assessing/verifying qualification?

Yes.

Is there a documented course evaluation procedure?

 

Yes.

Course evaluation’s are used on all St John Wales’ courses.

Is there a documented complaints procedure?

 

Yes.

Any complaints are taken seriously and are reviewed by Management and the Quality Assurance Team.

Teaching currently accepted first-aid practice

 

Is FAW/EFAW taught in accordance with current guidelines on adult basic life support published by the Resuscitation Council (UK), and for other aspects of first aid, in accordance with current guidelines published by the Voluntary Aid Societies or other published guidelines that are supported by a responsible body of medical opinion?

Yes.

The Order of St John is part of the Voluntary Aid Societies who together are the standard setters for workplace first aid protocols.

Training syllabus

 

Does the course content adequately meet the needs of your workplace as indicated by your first-aid needs assessment?

 

Yes.

Our Training Consultants will work with you to ensure all your first aid needs identified on your needs analysis are catered for.

For FAW, does the syllabus include the topics set by the HSE and does the course include at least 18 training and assessment contact hours, over three days?

 

Yes

For FAW requalification, does the syllabus include the topics set by the HSE and does the course last at least 12 training and assessment contact hours, over two days?

 

Yes.

For EFAW, does the syllabus include the topics set by the HSE and does the course last at least six training and assessment contact hours, over one day?

 

Yes.

For EFAW requalification, does the syllabus include the topics set by the HSE and does the course last at least six training and assessment contact hours, over one day?

 

Yes.

Certificates

 

Do the certificates issued to students assessed as competent contain:

Ø   the name of the training organisation,

Ø  the title of the qualification (e.g FAW or EFAW)

Ø  reference to the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981

Ø  the date of issue

Ø  confirmation the certificate is valid for three years?

(If training is neither FAW nor EFAW the certificate should also list the learning outcomes of the syllabus on which candidates have been assessed.)

Yes.

 

St John Wales certificates meet all of these requirements.