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First-Aid

Volume 115: debated on Tuesday 28 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what recommendations his Department makes for the provision of first-aid on school trips and other out of school activities.

In March 1986 the Department issued a bulletin ("Safety in Education Bulletin No. 4") to local education authorities and to schools, containing general guidance to all involved with the organisation of outdoor pursuits and school expeditions. The bulletin supplemented previous departmental guidance on the subject and in particular drew on lessons arising from the tragic accident at Land's End in 1985.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what recommendations his Department makes for first-aid provision in schools and colleges employing fewer than 150 staff; and if he will make a statement.

The Department's existing guide on first-aid is contained in the series of safety booklets dealing with various aspects of safety. In addition, Safety Bulletin No. 2 contains general guidance on first-aid. The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 and approved code of practice have implications but focus primarily on the aspect of safety in the place of work. A new document offering guidance on various aspects of first-aid to schools and colleges is being prepared by the Department in consultation with various professional outside experts in the field for issue later this year.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what representations he has received seeking the application of the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 to schools and colleges employing fewer than 150 staff; and what consideration he has given to the matter.

A few representations have been made from time to time. The requirements applying to first-aid in schools and colleges embodied in both common law and statutes, notably the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and the regulations and code of practice deriving from it, are appropriate and my right hon. Friend has no plans to introduce changes.