Published onMarch 20 2020
Following a First Aid Awarding Organisation Forum today (20/03/2020), we’d like to update you on the following.
As you may be aware, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) have released a statement concerning 1st Aid Training and Requalification Training:
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 1981:
https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/l74.pdf and the Offshore Installations and Pipeline Works (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 16th March 2020. HSE will review this matter over the coming months and will issue further statements as necessary.
Additionally, the Department for Education has released the following:
The Department for Education supports the HSE statement regarding the extension of first aid certificates during coronavirus emergency and that it can be applied to paediatric first aid certificates held by staff in early years provision.
To summarise, this means that for all people with 1st Aid Training that expires on or after the 16th March 2020 is allowed to extend the validity of their certificates for 3 months if they can clearly describe their reasons for delaying their requalification, and the steps they have taken to look for training, if it is related to coronavirus pandemic. This situation will be reviewed in 12 weeks by HSE depending on the situation with the coronavirus pandemic.
Lantra advises all Instructors to follow the above steps and keep the relevant records.