This change is to aid businesses in saving millions of pounds and is the first major change since 1982 when first introduced.
The new guidelines show the mandatory four day course has now been reduced to three days and a new one day course is now an option for small businesses.
The one day course option is announced after acknowledgement by the HSE that many small businesses can’t afford to have staff off work for a prolonged period of time.
This new legislation makes it clear what is required of businesses in terms of risk assessment and first aid training. Companies can find themselves liable if an employer suffers an accident in the workplace and no first aider is present.