EFAW and FAW Syllabus to include Training on Defibrillators
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) will be revising Emergency First Aid and First Aid at Work syllabuses following changes to Resuscitation Council UK guidelines on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) back in October 2015. All workplace first aiders will now need to be trained in the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) from 31 December 2016, as the changed guidelines state that the management of a casualty requiring CPR is to request an AED.
AEDs are now available within many workplaces and public spaces meaning that the move to ensure that EFAW and FAW first aiders are trained for this is a sensible one. There is evidence to support that the early use of an AED is a lot more beneficial to the casualty than if that intervention is delayed.
Employers are not necessarily required to purchase a defibrillator for their workplace as this is dependent on their needs assessment. Immediate retraining of all existing first aiders is also not a necessity as they will be updated on this when they requalify.
The changes mean that those that deliver EFAW and FAW training should ensure that students are trained and assessed on how to use an AED from the 31 December 2016. The HSE however, has no objection is these providers choose to adopt the changes before this deadline.
Post date: 24 Jun 2016
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