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Are you concerned or confused about your requirements for first aid training during the Covid-19 pandemic?

In-line with current government guidance, we are open and ready to deliver First Aid Training at COVID-19 secure workplaces and training venues throughout the UK.

The HSE have released updated guidance on how to comply with First Aid requirements during the pandemic, which remains a legal responsibility for businesses and other organisations. The guidance includes the following:

You must keep enough First Aid cover for your business to operate in a safe & legal manner. In order to maintain adequate cover, inline with your risk assessment, the HSE have announced the following criteria must be met[...]

Have your first aid certificates been affected?

Due to a halting of in-person training in Spring 2020 and a reduced training availability from some providers since recommencing, the HSE have extended the validity of Emergency First Aid at Work and First Aid at Work certificates, subject to specific conditions (see below):

First aid certificate extensions

FAW or EFAW certificates that expired after 16 March 2020 can remain valid until 31 October 2020 or 6 months from date of expiry, whichever is later. All requalification training for these certificates should be completed by 31 March 2021.

To qualify for the extension, employers must be able to demonstrate that they have made every effort to arrange requalification training as soon as possible and can explain in detail why they have not been able to do so.

For example, they must show evidence that staff with expired certificates are booked on to EFAW or FAW requalification courses, if requested by an inspector…

Click here to view the full guidance.

Online First Aid Courses

The HSE supports the use of online training courses for First Aiders to keep their skills up-to-date where they are unable to access face to face training due to the pandemic. Whilst this is no substitute for the face to face qualification it can be an effective way to train staff whilst on furlough due to Covid-19 restrictions to business.

We offer quality online First Aid courses authored by a leading awarding body for such instances, please get in touch for more information for more information about this and many other online health and safety courses.

Covid safe training delivery

All onsite first aid courses booked with us are fully inclusive of all necessary PPE for each delegate and the trainer in order to run the course safely within the HSE’s guidelines. Our team is on hand to help inform you of the necessary requirements when booking your course.

For a no-obligation quotation please get in touch using our contact form through the button below, or call free on 0800 014 2676.