The HSE is seeking views on whether the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 are the most appropriate and cost-effective way of delivering first aid in the workplace in the light of changes, such as the growth of small businesses, over the past 20 years. In addition to asking why many employers find it difficult to understand their duties under the regulations, an HSE discussion paper covers the findings of research into how employers currently meet their obligations and workplace attitudes to the effectiveness of the regulations.

Views are specifically sought on: extending the regulations to members of the public visiting shopping centres, the content and structure of first aid training and the issue of training standards, the approval of the HSE of first aiders, and the provision of first aid equipment, medications and related medical issues.

"A review and evaluation of the effectiveness of the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 (DDE21)" is available from