Employers' obligations in terms of first aid

14 Jan 2019


Dorothée David

On 29 October 2018 the Minister of the Interior, Dan Kersch, responded to parliamentary question no. 4027 asked by the Deputy Jean-Marie Halsdorf on first aid training for employees and the changes introduced in this area since 1 July 2018 when the law of 27 March 2018 came into force, organising civil protection and creating a Grand-Ducal Fire and Rescue Corps (“Corps grand-ducal d'incendie et de secours”, CGDIS).

As a reminder, according to article L.312-4 (1) and (2) of the Labour Code, employers must take any necessary measures when it comes to first aid and “in particular must appoint employees who will be responsible for implementing these measures for first aid, firefighting and evacuating employees. 

The employees must be trained, there must be an adequate number of them and they must have appropriate equipment, given the size and specific risks of the company or establishment.”

In his response, the Minister of the Interior recalled that, since 1 July 2018, training for rescue services is predominantly provided by the National Institute for Rescue Training (“Institut national de formation des secours”, INFS), which is part of the CGDIS. This means that the course content has been restructured and modernised, and is in line with European norms and standards relating to first aid:

  • The three types of training in place before 1 July 2018 (basic first aid course, introduction to first aid course and first aid refresher course to renew certificates awarded if the other 2 courses had been passed) have been replaced with a single course, which now lasts for 16 hours and leads to a certificate that is valid for 5 years.


  • To renew the certificate, individuals must complete the course once again, redoing the 16 hours of training.


  • First aid certificates issued before 1 July 2018 are still valid, and will continue to be valid until their expiry date.

The new first aid courses offered by the INFS, as well as the conditions for taking part, costs for companies and registration forms, have been available in particular from http://cours.cgdis.lu since 8 September 2018.

The ministerial response indicates that since the CGDIS was created on 1 July 2018, no fewer than 65 training sessions have been organised with more than 1,200 participants.

For training attended with other organisations, whether national or international, a procedure to recognise equivalence has been introduced to recognise certificates and diplomas.

As well as this, training organisations that offer first aid training can apply for accreditation which allows them, in accordance with the provisions of the Grand-Ducal Regulation of 13 July 2018 defining how a first aid training organisation can obtain accreditation, to offer first aid courses that are recognised as equivalent to those offered by the INFS.

Parliamentary question no. 4027 and Ministerial response