First aid at work

HSENI is responsible for the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1982.


HSENI's responsibilities include:

  • reviewing and maintaining the regulations
  • reviewing the approved codes of practice and guidance
  • enforcing the regulations
  • responding to requests for information and advice

Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1982 consultation

HSENI has gone out to consult on the amendments to The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1982.  The proposed changes will amend regulation 3(2) of the 1982 Regulations to remove the requirement for HSENI to approve the training and qualifications of appointed first-aid personnel.

It is also proposed to withdraw the Northern Ireland Approved Code of Practice 'First-aid at work - The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1982' and to replace it with the guidance issued by the Health and Safety Executive in Great Britain.

The consultative document is available to read or download at the following link:

The closing date for receipt of comments was 14 June 2016.  The necessary approval regarding changes to The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1982 has not been secured yet. The following interim arrangements remain in place and have been further extended until 31 October 2017. If approval is obtained before this date, HSENI will advise accordingly.

Interim arrangements for HSENI approved training providers

With effect from 1 April 2016 HSENI will no longer:

  • undertake proactive monitoring visits of existing training providers (HSENI will continue to undertake reactive investigation visits where issues emerge or complaints are received)
  • approve new applications to become first aid at work training providers 
  • require course notifications, (AT7 forms) or any amendments to courses to be submitted

HSENI approved training providers will need to:

  • submit an annual return to HSENI detailing the number of first-aid and emergency first-aid at work and refresher first-aid at work courses that have been run in each financial year, commencing 1 April 2016
  • keep HSENI informed of any changes to contact details 
  • keep HSENI informed of any changes to the accountable person

Although interim procedures are in place, HSENI is still accepting trainer/assessor applications from currently approved HSENI training providers, to enable a new trainer/assessor  to teach FAW or EFAW courses.  An application to register a new trainer/assessor can be downloaded from the following link: 

Completed forms should be emailed to the following address:

Certificate of Approval for HSENI first-aid at work (FAW) and emergency first-aid at work (EFAW) training providers

All existing HSENI approved first-aid training providers will, irrespective of individual expiry dates, expire at midnight on 31 October 2017, at which point new arrangements are likely to be put in place or legislative change will take effect.  HSENI approved first-aid training providers with certificates that expire before 31 October 2017 will have their approval extended to this date without the need for re-approval documents to be submitted to HSENI. 

HSENI will not issue individual re-approval certificates to cover this extended period.  Please note that HSENI reserves the right to revoke or amend the conditions of your approval prior to this date if it considers it appropriate to do so.  Delegates’ first-aid at work and emergency first-aid at work three year certificates remain valid until their date of expiry.  

CCEA Regulation recognised awarding organisations

Responsibility for the regulation of vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland passed from Ofqual to CCEA Regulation in May 2016.  Awarding organisations that were recognised by Ofqual on that date are now recognised by CCEA Regulation.  HSENI will also continue to recognise, subject to specified conditions, First-aid at Work (FAW) and Emergency First-aid at Work (EFAW) as nationally recognised and accredited qualifications from training providers of CCEA Regulation recognised awarding organisations. HSENI’s endorsement of a declaration from a CCEA Regulation recognised awarding organisation regarding its provision of regulated FAW and EFAW qualifications in Northern Ireland means HSENI’s approval of those qualifications (subject to the declaration’s conditions) for the purposes of the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1982.

For more information on this you can see the CCEA website at the following link:

Training providers who are seeking recognition from existing awarding organisations offering FAW and EFAW should search the Register of Regulation Qualifications at the following link:

For information on how to become an awarding organisation as outlined in the CCEA Regulation criteria see the following link:

The information regarding the training centres on the following list has been provided by the awarding organisations to HSENI (current at 20 June 2017):

Certificates from GB

Anyone contacting HSENI who holds a first aid at work or emergency first aid at work certificate for a regulated qualification awarded by an awarding organisation recognised by one of the qualification regulators in Great Britain (Ofqual, SQA or Qualifications Wales) or issued by one of the Voluntary Aid Societies in Great Britain (St John Ambulance, British Red Cross or St Andrew’s First Aid) will be considered able to act as first-aiders within the workplace for the purposes of the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1982.

Offshore first-aid at work

Lists of approved training organisations covering offshore first aid and offshore medic courses (in addition to FAW/EFAW) are available on the HSE (GB) website at the following link:

UK resuscitation guidance 2015

The following link provides information on important changes from the Resuscitation Council:


Please note that where HSENI documents refer to Ofqual this is now CCEA Regulation.

More information

If you have any queries please contact EMAS at the following email:

Key legislation 

The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1982