First Aid Regulations in Northern Ireland

First Aid Regulations in Northern Ireland

The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1982 were been updated by the Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland (HSENI) and since 31 October 2017 the new regulations were enforced.

The main changes to the First Aid Regulations in Northern Ireland will bring Northern Ireland in line the English, Scottish and Welsh nations first aid regulations. The recent changes still place a duty of an employer to make adequate and appropriate first-aid arrangements for employees.

What are the updates –

  • HSENI is no longer responsible for approving first aid at work training and qualifications, having adopted the guidance notes which are currently used for the rest of the UK
  • Code of Practice entitled “First-aid at work: The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1982” is replaced by HSE guidance entitled “First aid at work (L74)”
  • Certificates gained in the UK and Northern Ireland are now transferable, which means you can use a UK certificate in Northern Ireland and vice versa
  • The regulations no longer specify a maximum number of attendees but most providers still limits group sizes to 12 people
  • First Aid at Work courses – Learners can complete the First Aid at Work Refresher course at any time after their certificate has expired but if it expired over a month ago candidates need to complete the three day first aid at work course instead
  • Courses should now contain scenarios, where relevant
  • First Aid at Work courses now cover use an auto-injector for the treatment of a severe allergic reaction
  • First Aid at Work and Emergency First Aid at Work courses aspirin for the treatment of a suspected heart attack
  • Learners will be continually assessed by the trainer throughout the course. There is now no final practical assessment.
About The Author

Cory Jones

Cory is a graduate of the prestigious WEMSI school (Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician), and a qualified teacher with a masters degree in Environmental Management. He has lead expeditions worldwide (currently an International Mountain Leader) and is a director of Outdoor First Aid Limited. Cory Jones has worked in the outdoor industry for over 30 years. He first ran first aid training courses for the Red Cross in 2001. Cory has been a provider for SQA, ITC, REC, Highfield, Open College Network over the years. In 2008 Cory set up First Aid Academy in the Lancashire area and won the ‘New Business of the Year 2008 Award’. By 2010 he was running nearly 250 first aid training courses a year. Today, Cory is a director of Outdoor First Aid Limited as well as being a founder of the First Aid Training Co-operative.