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Changes to First Aid 21 Aug, 2017

Following a recent HABC review to improve first aid qualifications with the First Aid Awarding Organisation Forum, the HSE and SQA, this has resulted in new qualifications in first aid at work and emergency first aid at work.

 

These new qualifications will replace the current qualifications on 1 October 2017. The last day the current first-aid qualifications will be available for delivery is 30 September 2017 .

 

Emergency first aid at work

  • The qualification will become level 3 to align with the rest of the first-aid suite
  • No longer a need to complete an accident report form, with the focus instead on why reporting is required
  • Identifying the severity of external bleeding rather than the types of bleeding
  • Clarification that shock refers to hypovolaemic shock
  • Further guidance and amplification on key first aid terms have been added to help standardise across the industry

First aid at work

  • All of the above changes are also included in the new first aid at work qualification
  • Providing guidance that ‘chest injuries’ covers flail chest and penetrating chest injury
  • Formalising the requirement to apply both a support sling and an elevated sling
  • Further guidance and amplification on key first aid terms have been added to help standardise across the industry
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