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Duty Holder’s & Application of Section 3 HSAW


”HSWA Section 3, places general duties on employers and the self-employed to conduct their undertakings in such a way as to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that persons other than themselves or their employees are not exposed to risks to their health or safety”, this includes undertaking due diligence when selecting a first aid training provider, such as Remote First Aid.

Duty Holder definition, is anyone who has responsibility for others health & safety at work, such as Owners/operators of business, Managers and Supervisors of the workforce, the Self-Employed and others who have a responsibility for organising health & safety training such as HR Managers and Health & Safety Officer in the workplace. .

In July 2019 the HSE issued the following statement.

This is a joint statement by the Health and Safety Executive and the *First Aid at Work Quality Partnership (FAWQP)

It has been brought to the attention of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) that some organisations seeking to commission First Aid at Work (FAW) training have required the training to be delivered over significantly shorter time periods than those recommended in HSE guidance and with student/trainer ratios that could compromise the effectiveness of the training.

The HSE guidance strongly recommends that First Aid at Work training (FAW) should be for 18 hours over a minimum period of 3 days and Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) 6 hours over a minimum of 1 day. FAW requalification training should be for 12 hours over a minimum of 2 days, and all of these recommended periods exclude breaks.

Class sizes for the training should be appropriate. For example, where first-aid training is provided in class sizes of greater than 12, unless additional trainers and/or assessors are provided there may be concerns over addressing the training needs of individual candidates or adequately assessing their competence.

We believe that adhering to the recommended training hours and having appropriate trainer/student ratios are important factors in ensuring that the training syllabus is covered adequately and that students absorb fully what they have learned and are able to demonstrate relevant competencies.

Employers are required to undertake due diligence when selecting their first aid training and may be asked to demonstrate to an HSE or local authority inspector that their first aid provision is adequate and appropriate.

*The First Aid at Work Quality Partnership membership includes a wide range of first aid training standard setters and providers and responsible bodies of medical opinion. The following organisations have added their endorsements to this important statement.  Remote First Aid are represented by a number of Awarding Organisations via FAAOF  membership. 

British Red Cross

First Aid Awarding Organisations forum (FAAOF) 


First Aid Industry Body (FAIB)

Royal Life Saving Society


St Andrew’s First Aid


St John Ambulance               


West Midlands Ambulance Service


Remote First Aid, can demonstrate to employers seeking first aid at work training that the training being delivered meets the standards required by the issued HSE guidance as the industry regulator, thus ensuring compliances are met in respects to first aid at work legalisation in the UK.

Remote First Aid if approached by an employer that is seeking a first aid at work course at reduced hours will have no hesitation in forwarding any correspondence to the HSE acting as the Induistry Regulator.

The information forwarded will be used by the Regulator for intelligence gathering and possible regulatory investigation.

The notice issued to employers and training providers can be read in full at the HSE website HERE.

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