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HSE First Aid Bulletin regarding Blended Learning, AED Training and Catastrophic Bleeding


The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) have released a First Aid bulletin with three important statements to Training Providers covering blended learning, the addition of AED training on the EFAW & FAW courses and guidance on the use of haemostatic dressings and tourniquets.

To view the full HSE statements and guidance from FAA please see the June Newsletter that can be found here and an update to this in the September Newsletter which can be found here.

FAA will be providing approved Centres with an option for offering blended learning to their learners and full details will be announced shortly regarding this.

With regards to the addition of AED training on EFAW and FAW courses, FAA have sourced a high quality AED training unit at a very reasonable price.  Full details of the AED training unit can be found on our shop be clicking here and you can view a video demonstration of the unit by clicking here.

Please see below for a brief extract from the HSE statements regarding changes for training providers: 

Advice to Employers on the use of Blended Learning in First Aid Training

Blended learning is an accepted means by which workplace first aid training can be delivered. It is important that Employers conduct the necessary additional checks (due diligence) to decide if staff should be trained in first aid using this method (a combination of electronic distance based and face to face classroom based instruction).

Employers should also ensure they are complying with Regulation 13 of the Health and Safety Management Regulations 1999, which has a requirement to ensure adequate time is set aside during the working day to undertake any first aid training employees receive. HSE Guidance document GEIS3 will be updated to reflect this change.

Training on Defibrillators to be included on the EFAW and FAW Syllabus

Changes to Resuscitation Council UK guidelines on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in October 2015 mean that HSE will now be revising the Emergency First Aid and First Aid at Work syllabuses.

The revision will require all workplace first aiders to be trained in the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) from the 31 December 2016, as the Resuscitation Council UK guidelines now state that the management of a casualty requiring CPR is to request an AED. It is sensible to ensure that EFAW and FAW first aiders are trained in AED use as they are now available within many workplaces and public spaces. 

Employers and First Aid Kits

The recent European Resuscitation Council review of a number of first aid protocols suggests there is a need in certain circumstances for first aid kits to contain haemostatic dressings and tourniquets. The view of HSE is that the inclusion of these items is based on your First Aid Needs Assessment.

Examples of sectors that may benefit from additional training in the use of tourniquets based on RIDDOR data include: construction, agriculture, forestry and some aspects of manufacturing.


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