This Information informs duty holders on matters that affect workplace first aid under the Health and Safety (First-aid) Regulations 1981

Advice to Employers, from the HSE, 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  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). This means that we, OJAST Ltd will make sure:

· We are satisfied that where first aid training comprises of blended learning, it is as effective as exclusively face to face learning;

The beneficiaries being trained know how to use the technology that delivers the training;

· That OJAST Ltd, the training provider has an adequate means of supporting the individual during their training;

OJAST Ltd has a robust system in place to prevent identity fraud;
Sufficient time is allocated to classroom based learning and assessment of the practical elements of the syllabus.

OJAST Ltd will 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.

OJAST Ltd will provide training on Defibrillators ton the EFAW and FAW Syllabus, this complies with the changes to Resuscitation Council UK guidelines on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in October 2015.

OJAST Ltd will comply with the HSE requirement for all workplace first aiders to be trained in the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) from the 31 December 2016, the guidelines now state that the management of a casualty requiring CPR is to request an AED.

OJAST Ltd agrees 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. There is good evidence that the early use of an AED has a far more beneficial outcome for the casualty than if that intervention is delayed.

OJAST Ltd delivery of EFAW and FAW training twill ensure that beneficiaries are trained and assessed on how to use an AED from immediate effect within the existing timeframe allowed for the delivery of either EFAW or FAW training, at no extra cost.

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 and OJAST Ltd is that the inclusion of these items is based on your First Aid Needs Assessment. OJAST lTd are able to provide this training.

Tourniquets and Haemostats dressings:

Where your needs assessment has identified a requirement for tourniquets and/or haemostatic dressings you should make sure:

· your haemostatic dressings are always in date;

· workplace first aiders are trained by a competent provider in when to apply a tourniquet and the correct technique to use. OJAST Ltd will be teaching clinical protocols as described by the Faculty of Pre Hospital Care;

· workplace first aiders have training in when and how a haemostatic dressing is applied.

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.