Changes to Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations (Northern Ireland)

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The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1982 have been updated by the Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland (HSENI).

The new Health and Safety (First Aid) (amendment) regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 came into effect on 31 October 2017.

What's changed?

The HSENI is no longer responsible for approving first aid at work training and qualifications, having adopted the guidance notes which are currently used for the rest of the UK.

We've provided a summary below to help you understand the main changes to the first aid regulations in Northern Ireland, but more detailed information can be found on the HSENI website.

Before 30 October 2017
(specific to Northern Ireland)
After 31 October 2017
(in line with the rest of the UK)
Course size
Up to 12 people could attend a workplace first aid course.
The regulations no longer specify a maximum number of attendees, but the British Red Cross limits group sizes to 12 people to ensure the most effective learning experience.
Prerequisites
A valid first aid at work certificate from an HSENI approved training provider was required in order to book or attend a requalification course.
Evidence of previous training is no longer required to book or attend a requalification course.
Learners were required to complete a requalification course within 28 days of their first aid at work certificate expiring.
Learners can complete the requalification course at any time after their certificate has expired but if it expired over a month ago, the HSENI recommends completing the three day first aid at work course instead.
Course content
Courses did not cover the use of:

> an auto-injector for the treatment of a severe allergic reaction
> aspirin for the treatment of a suspected heart attack.
Where applicable, courses will now cover these scenarios.
Assessment
Learners were required to complete a final practical assessment.
Learners will be continually assessed by the trainer throughout the course.
Certification
Certificates gained in the UK and Northern Ireland were non-transferable.
Certificates gained in the UK and Northern Ireland are now transferable, which means you can use a UK certificate in Northern Ireland and vice versa.

If you have any questions about the changes or the training you need, please contact us and we'll be happy to help.

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