First aid certificates and YOU

Over the last few days have been getting a few phone calls about expiring first aid certificates and the need to renew, with this Coronavirus growing in the UK many first aid training providers have taken the governmental advice and suspended delivering first aid training for a while.

We are the same at Warwickshire First Aid Training our first aid training was temporarily suspended a week ago due to social distancing and the need to give everyone a 2 metre space around them and in first aid training with the best will in the world it is hard to achieve and we did not want to put anybody including us at unnecessary risk.

My first aid certificate is about to expire!

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are aware that some people who are holding Offshore Medic(OM), Offshore First Aid (OFA), First Aid at Work (FAW) or Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) first aid certificates and are looking to renew them might experience disruption to accessing requalification training as a result of events or circumstances generated by the Coronavirus pandemic.

HSE current guidance Health & Safety (First Aid) regulations 1981:  and Offshore Installations and pipeline works (First Aid) regulations 1989 states that those people holding an OM, OFA, FAW, or EFAW qualifications should undertake first aid retraining before their original certificates expires. The HSE strongly recommends that all employers and business owners who have staff holding these first aid qualifications should plan for requalification training well in advance of expiry dates of the certificates. 

Although this rarely happens though and we get plenty of panic phone calls at the last minute because they have not done it.

If for instance your first aid requalification training has been prevented directly because of the Coronavirus outbreak or with complying with the related governmental advice because of the outbreak, it would be reasonable and also practical to extend the current first aid qualification by 3 months.

To take advantage of this extension you would need and be able to describe clearly the reasons for delaying your requalification first aid training and also be able to demonstrate the steps they have taken to undertake their training.

This guidance came into effect for first aid certificates that expired on or after the 16th March 2020.

HSE will review this matter over the coming weeks and months and will issue further guidance and statements as necersary

What about Paediatric First aid?

The Department of Education are also aware of this and have commented as follows;

The Department of Education supports the HSE statement regarding the extension of first aid certificates during the Coronavirus emergency and it can be applied to Paediatric First Aid certificates held by staff in the Early Years provision.

The long and short of it

HSE have made a statement saying that if your first aid certificate has expired on 16th March 2020 or later, your qualification will be extended for a further 3 months.

Department of Education have also stated that they will extend your Paediatric First Aid qualification  for a further 3 months if it expired on the 16th March or later for a further 3 months and this is for those working within the Early Years setting.

How can we help you?

We offer workbased first aid training throughout Warwickshire, both as an open course at our centre in Rugby and also as an ONSITE option on your site or a venue you have booked for us to deliver your course.

All of our first aid courses are Ofqual approved and accredited by Qualifications Network UK.