All employers will be affected by changes to health and safety law which came into effect from 1 October 2013.

The main change to the regime governing reporting workplace incidents to the Health and Safety Executive/local authorities relates to the type of incidents that are now reportable.

In relation to first aid, the main change is the removal of the requirement for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to approve the training and qualifications of appointed first aiders. Those providers previously approved by the HSE to undertake first aid training are no longer approved as from 1 October and it will be for employers to assess their first aid needs and engage appropriate competent trainers. Revised guidance on the first aid regulations along with further guidance on the selection of first aid training providers is available from the HSE.

All those affected should ensure they are familiar with the new rules.

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If you require assistance with interpretation of the new rules or amending policies and procedures to reflect the changes, then please contact:

Sarah Wheadon, LLP Partner, 023 8048 2109,