First Aid at Work

As an HSE approved First Aid at Work provider, Mountain Sense can deliver this course for your organisation. From October 2009 the course has become a three day course including assessment, with a 3 hour refresher required each year and a 12 hour re-qualification within three years.

This three day course (including assessment) is recognised by the Health and Safety Executive.  Successful candidates will receive a full HSE First Aid at Work Certificate upon completion.  (Valid for three years).

Training courses

The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to enable first aid to be given to employees if they are injured or become ill at work. These Regulations apply to all workplaces including those with five or fewer employees and to the self-employed. Detailed information can be found in the Approved Code of Practice and Guidance: First aid at work. The Health and Safety

The Law

The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require that in order to provide first aid to their employees who are injured or become ill at work, employers must have adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel. Regulation 3(2) states that for this purpose a person shall not be suitable unless he has undergone:

  • such training and has such qualifications as the Health and Safety Executive may approve for the time being in respect of that case or class of case, and
  • such additional training, if any, as may be appropriate in the circumstances of that case.

Detailed information can be found in the Approved Code of Practice and Guidance: First aid at work. The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 L74.[1]

If you have identified that first aiders are needed in your workplace, they must gain a certificate of competence from a training organisation that has been approved by HSE. Courses last for at least 18 hours of training, usually held over three days or spread over several weeks. First aid at work certificates are valid for three years. Requalification courses are of at least 12 hours training and are normally held over two days.

Overseas certificates

First aid at work certificates are only valid if they have been issued by an HSE approved organisation in mainland Britain. If a certificate has been issued by or in another country then that certificate will not be valid in mainland Britain.

The approval and monitoring of first aid at work training organisations

HSE does not run training courses but does approve training organisations whose courses have reached the standards required. The First Aid Approval and Monitoring Section (FAAMS) of HSE's Corporate Medical Unit carries out this work.