HSE closes consultation on first aid training providers

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The consultation on plans to remove the requirement for first aid training providers to be approved by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is set to close in the next few days.

The proposal, to amend the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations (1981), was made in the independent Löfstedt report into health and safety and was accepted by the Government.

As a result, the HSE is now seeking views on the plans, with the consultation running until 3 December 2012. Views can be emailed to the HSE.

The earliest the law could change is April 2013, with new guidance expected to be published in the new year.

In a separate development, the HSE has unveiled a “Health and Safety Toolbox” for small businesses. The tool, which can be found on the HSE’s website, is designed to make it easier for such firms to access official advice about health and safety online.

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