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HSE Update First Aid at Work to Include Mental Health

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have updated their first aid at work guidance on regulations (L74) to include employer’s responsibilities towards employee’s mental health first aid needs in an assessment.

The First aid at work: Guidance on regulations (L74) Third Edition provides guidance on:

  • managing the provision of first aid (first-aid kit, equipment, rooms etc)
  • requirements and training for first-aiders
  • requirements for appointed persons
  • making employees aware of first-aid arrangements
  • first aid and the self-employed
  • cases where first-aid regulations do not apply

The third edition was reissued with minor amendments in 2018 to:

  • further clarify the significance of the 2013 amendment to regulation 3(2), which ended HSE’s approval of first-aid training providers
  • update guidance on the use of automated external defibrillators, and blended learning in first-aid training
  • incorporate some additional amendments to take account of other previous legislative changes

The third edition has been further updated with minor amendments in 2024 to:

  • emphasise employers’ responsibilities to take account of employees’ mental health in their first-aid needs assessment
  • change the term ‘catastrophic bleeding’ to ‘life-threatening bleeding’ with more guidance on what employers should do if they identify this as a risk in their workplace
  • simplify guidance on how to decide what first aid to provide

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