In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Health and Safety Executive have released the following statement regarding First Aidat Work/Emergency First Aid at Work certificates, which are usually to be renewed 3 years after the original course date.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is aware that people holding Offshore Medic (OM), Offshore First Aid (OFA), First Aid at Work (FAW) or Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) certificates nearing expiry date, might experience disruption to access to requalification training as a result of events or circumstances generated by the coronavirus pandemic.
HSE’s current guidance on the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations
1989: https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/l123.pdf is that those holding an OM, OFA, FAW or EFAW qualification should undertake retraining before their original certificate expires and HSE strongly recommends that employers, and individuals holding those qualifications should plan for requalification training well in advance of expiry dates.
If, however, requalification training is prevented for reasons associated directly with coronavirus or by complying with related government advice, it is reasonable and practical to extend the validity of current certificates by up to 3 months. Anyone taking advantage of this extension should be able to describe clearly their reasons for delaying requalification training and demonstrate steps they have taken to undertake the training, if required.
This guidance comes into effect for certificates expiring on or after 16 March 2020. HSE will review this matter over the coming months and will issue further statements as necessary.
At HSF Training Ltd, we are currently not delivering face to face training as we do not feel that this would be ethical given both the government’s current guidelines regarding social distancing, avoiding gatherings, etc and understandable concerns on the part of those scheduled to attend courses.
Please note that the HSE do state that there must be clear reasons for delaying qualifications and a demonstration that steps have been taken to undertake the training. We are therefore asking that clients contact us in the first instance as we can discuss the reasons for not being able to undertake the training and the alternatives available to them, such as e-learning with the option to sit a full course at a future date (see below). All discussions will be recorded (using our secure cloud based contact management system and in line with GDPR requirements) so that we can supply you with a record of these should you be asked for your reasons for extending at a later date. Call 0191 5022515 or email email@example.com
In light of the above, we do recommend that employers who may be unable to have staff renew certificates due to current circumstances still consider how they can keep their first aiders’ knowledge and skills up to date as accidents can still happen. In order to help, we are an option to undertake an e-learning course now, which will update the first aider’s knowledge of the theory aspects of first aid, then sit a full course at a future date. We are therefore offering the first aid e-learning courses at a discounted rate in addition to discounting the cost of the e-learning from a full course should the learner then sit on of our open courses.
We also have some first aid videos in the Resources
section of our site which can be useful “bitesize” refreshers for first aiders.
Please note that the above option is for someone who currently holds a first aid certificate which is about to expire. If someone does not hold a current first aid certificate then completion of an e-learning course alone would not meet the criteria for suitable training to qualify as a first aider.
Please remember we are here to help if you have any queries regarding the above!