Workplace First Aid: Essential Defibrillator Training

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Are you a designated First Aider in your workplace?

Are you responsible for ensuring that a business is First Aid compliant?

If you’ve answered yes to either of these questions, then take note. With the New Year comes a new requirement that will impact your First Aid training for the workplace.

What’s new?

AEDFrom the 31st December 2016, it will be mandatory for those undertaking an Emergency First Aid at Work, First Aid at Work or Paediatric First Aid course, to be trained and assessed in the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).

Employers, it’s worth noting that this change does not mean that you must purchase an AED for your workplace, as your requirement for an AED is still dependent on your First Aid and Safety needs assessment. What’s more, for existing First Aiders in the workplace – they will not need to retrain immediately – they will simply receive their AED training when they requalify.

Why the change?

The Resuscitation Council UK have introduced this additional AED training to increase the chance of survival following a cardiac arrest. Their guidelines now state that should someone require CPR, an AED should automatically be requested.

Gem Compliance Training in action in West YorkshireGiven that the survival rate for those in cardiac arrest drops by 10% every minute without the intervention of CPR or an AED, here at EM Compliance Training, we feel that this is a sensible move. In fact, we’ve included the safe use of AED training for some time in our First Aid at Work and Emergency First Aid at Work courses, as well as our Paediatric First Aid courses.

Safe use of AEDs in the community

You may have noticed that more and more AEDs are appearing within communities – not just the workplace. With sudden cardiac arrest one of the UK’s biggest killers, we want to do everything we can to ensure that the public are confident in the safe use of AED in an emergency.

Whether you’re part of a community with an AED or you’re a qualified First Aider who would like to top up your knowledge, we can tailor a standalone course for groups in the safe use of an AED. Simply contact us on 01535 445002 and we’d be happy to discuss your requirements.


To book your place with GEM Compliance Training, call (01535) 445002 or email