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The following section presents the answers to an ever-expanding range of frequently asked questions which have been raised by candidates and clients, and which we believe you may find useful.

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What is RIDDOR?

RIDDOR – Reporting of accidents and incidents

Riddor is…

RIDDOR is the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995.

Employers, the self-employed and those in control of premises are required by law to report specified workplace incidents, such as work-related deaths, major injuries, 7-day injuries (those causing more than seven day’s inability to carry out normal duties), work related diseases, and dangerous occurrences (near miss accidents).

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How is First Aid regulated?

Regulation of first aid falls under…

the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981, which require an organisation to provide ‘adequate and appropriate first-aid equipment, facilities and people’ so that your employees can be given immediate help if they are injured or taken ill at work.

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What Information should be given to Employees?

Employees should be kept informed of first aid provision

In particular, notices should be put up in communal locations indicating the names, locations and contact details of first . . .

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How often should First Aid skills be refreshed?

The HSE strongly recommends that all first aiders…

undertake an annual refresher training course during their three-year EFAW or FAW certification period.  This will help first aiders to keep their skills up to date, and improve their ability to recall and perform first aid as and when it is required.

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For how long are EFAW certificates valid?

Emergency First Aid at Work certificates…

are valid for 3 years from the date of qualification.  A new Emergency First Aid at Work course should be completed and passed before the existing certificate expires.

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For how long are FAW certificates valid?

First Aid at Work certificates…

are valid for 3 years from the date of qualification.  Retraining (requalification) should be completed and passed before the existing certificate expires.

If the requalification is completed within 3 months in advance of the expiry date, the new certificate will take effect from the date of expiry of the old one.  If taken earlier than 3 months prior to expiry, the new certificate will take effect from the date of successful completion of the course.

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How many first aiders do I need?

The number of first aiders required…

depends on the circumstances in the workplace, for example identified levels of risk and number of employees.  In addition, where employees work on different shifts, and in different buildings or across different sites, additional first aiders will be required.  There should also be sufficient first aiders to allow for forseeable absences, such as holidays, off-site meetings etc.  This information should be determined during the course of your risk assessment, and suitable plans should then be put into place to ensure that risks are minimised, and suitable first aid provision is available to care for casualties.

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What Should be in a First Aid Kit

Your First aid Kit…

Start with your Risk Assessment

The contents of your company’s first aid kit(s) are entirely dependent upon the findings of your most recent risk assessment.  Your risk assessment tells you about the hazards present in your organisation, the risks that are associated with them, and is a starting point to determining what measures you need to put in place to safeguard your employees.

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Who Should I send on a First Aid Course?

What is a first aider?

First aid is defined as the immediate medical assistance given in an emergency situation.  Thus a first aider is the term used to identify a person who is qualified to render first aid to others.

Specifically, a first aider is a person has who undergone specific training in first aid, and has been assessed as competent to deliver it to others.  First Aiders should have a current valid first aid certificate in either:

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