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Keeping Pace with HSE First Aid Updates: Understanding the Updated L74 & GEIS 3 Guidance


HSE First Aid Update


Keeping Pace with Safety: Understanding the Updated HSE L74 & GEIS 3 Guidance

For employers tasked with ensuring their workplaces are safe and prepared for any emergency, staying abreast of changing regulations and guidance is crucial. Recently, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) updated two key documents on first aid provision: L74 ("First Aid at Work: The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981") and GEIS 3 ("Selecting a first-aid training provider: A guide for employers"). This blog post will explore the key changes you need to know and how they impact your first aid responsibilities.


What's New in L74?

The 2024 revision of L74 comes with several important updates:


  • Mental Health Emphasis: Recognising the growing importance of mental health, the guidance now explicitly directs employers to consider employees' mental wellbeing in their first-aid needs assessment. This means factoring in potential mental health crises when determining the type and amount of first aid provision necessary.

  • Life-Threatening Bleeding: Replacing the term "catastrophic bleeding," the updated guidance provides clearer instructions on how to deal with situations involving life-threatening bleeding. This includes specific recommendations for training and equipment in high-risk environments.

  • Simplified Decision-Making: To help employers navigate their first aid obligations, the guidance offers a more streamlined approach to deciding what level of first aid to provide. The revised text clarifies factors to consider and provides examples of different workplace scenarios and their corresponding first aid needs.

GEIS 3: Choosing the Right Training Provider

While GEIS 3 doesn't boast major revisions, it underwent a simplification in 2024, focusing on clarifying key points for employers when selecting first-aid training providers. This ensures they choose qualified providers who deliver training aligned with current regulations and best practices.


What These Updates Mean for You:

These changes in L74 and GEIS 3 highlight the HSE's continued commitment to improving workplace safety and well-being. Employers need to understand and implement these updates to ensure they:


  • Comply with legal requirements: Failing to meet your first-aid obligations can result in enforcement action from the HSE.

  • Protect your employees: Proper first-aid provision can make a significant difference in emergency situations, potentially saving lives or preventing further injury.

  • Promote a positive work environment: Demonstrating your commitment to employee safety and well-being fosters a sense of trust and responsibility within your organisation.


Taking Action:

Review both the updated L74 and GEIS 3 documents to fully understand the changes and their implications for your workplace. Conduct a fresh first-aid needs assessment, considering your specific work environment and potential risks. If necessary, adjust your first-aid provision and select a qualified training provider to ensure your employees receive the necessary first-aid skills and knowledge.

Remember, your responsibility goes beyond simply providing first-aid equipment and training. Regularly review and update your policies and procedures, conduct drills and exercises, and encourage open communication about safety concerns. By taking these steps, you can create a safe and healthy work environment for everyone.


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Stay safe and informed!

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