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From 6 April 2012, the over-three-day reporting requirement for people injured at work will change to more than seven days. From then, you only have to reportinjuries that lead to a worker being incapacitated for more than seven consecutive days as the result of an occupational accident or injury (not counting the day of the accident but including weekends and rest days). The report must be made within 15 days of the accident.

Incapacitation means that the worker is absent, or is unable to do work that they would reasonably be expected to do as part of their normal work.

You must still keep a record of the accident if the worker has been incapacitated for more than three consecutive days. If you are an employer, who must keep an accident book under the Social Security (Claims and Payments) Regulations1979, that record can be treated as a record for the purposes of RIDDOR

New course addedAED User Course

This half day course is suitable for anyone, wether or not they have received any formal first aid training previously, as all delegates will be guided through each step of the rescue process, understanding cardiac arrest, CPR, how and why a defibrillator works,and successfully using a defibrillator safely and effectively. Successful delegates will receive a certificate of attendance valid for 12 months.


Olympic stewards learning CPR before London 2012!

Around a thousand volunteer stewards for London 2012 will attend a two-hour Heartstart course so that they are prepared to provide first aid in the case of a medical emergency.

Stewards will learn how to perform CPR, use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and help someone who is choking. The training has been devised by the British Heart Foundation to give the volunteers the vital skills needed to react in an emergency before emergency services arrive.

Over 70% of cardiac arrests in the UK occur outside of a hospital so it is vital that people have the right skills to react quickly. Immediate CPR and use of a defibrillator can increase someone's chance of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest from 6% to 74%


Other changes to first-aid training requirements

Qualifications gained prior to October 2009 Regulations

First Aid at Work (FAW): This 4 day course covered the theory and practical skills needed by a first-aider to confidently administer first aid in the workplace.

FAW Requalification: This 2 day course was a Refresher and update of the 4 day FAW course. Successful completion of this course gave a FAW qualification for a further 3 years.

Appointed Persons: Responsible for taking charge in the event of illness or accident in the workplace.

Qualifications gained after 1 October 2009

First Aid at Work (FAW): This is now a 3 day course that covers the theory and practical skills needed by a first-aider to confidently administer first aid in the workplace.

FAW Requalification: This course remains unchanged at 2 days, and successful completion of this course gives a further 3 years FAW qualification.

Emergency First Aider in the Workplace (EFAW): Where an employer needed an appointed person under the old regulations, after 1 October 2009 they may now need an Emergency First Aider in the Workplace (EFAW). This is a new course requiring one day of training and requalification every three years.

The HSE strongly recommends that FAW and EFAW students attend a three-hour annual refresher to maintain their skills.





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