First aid certification extensions & Welsh Second lockdown.

Clients have been calling regarding First aid at work certificate extensions. During the second Welsh Lockdown announced 19th October 2020 at 12 noon. Information for enquirers is provided below.

Below is the direct guidance issued by the HSE on the 13th September 2020, followed by the link to their page ” First Aid in the non-healthcare settings” on the First Aid during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic.

HSE position

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
  • they have adequate and appropriate equipment and facilities to give first aid to any employee who is injured or becomes ill at work
  • the level of first aid cover provided remains appropriate for their particular work environment
  • the level of first aid provision necessary in high risk settings is fully maintained, eg in construction, agriculture, engineering and chemicals

This guidance now applies to employers in England, Scotland and Wales.

Requesting training with an expired certificate.

Remote First Aid & Pre-Hospital Care will accept any expired first aid at work or emergency first aid at work certificate under the above guidelines. Extra course dates have been provided and maybe accessed via the link button.

Read the HSE Position statement in full here…

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