We have received a number of calls relating to First Aid training for the workplace and validity dates for First Aid qualification. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has recently issued new guidance for organisations on what to do regarding First Aid arrangements and training during the coronavirus outbreak in the UK.
If First Aid cover for your organisation is reduced because of coronavirus or you can’t get the First Aid training you need, there are some things that all organisations can do, so that they still comply with the law.
You should review your First Aid needs assessment and decide if you can still provide the cover needed for the workers that are present and the activities that they are doing. Remember dangerous plant and work equipment, as well as dangerous activities, will require higher levels of first aid cover and resources.
If there are fewer people coming into your workplace it may still be safe to operate with reduced First Aid cover. You could also stop higher risk activities.
You could share the first aiders of another business, but be sure that they have the knowledge, experience and availability to cover the first aid needs of your business.
Shared first aiders must:
You need to familiarise them with your site and first aid needs and whoever provides the temporary cover must make sure they do not adversely affect their own first aid cover.
If you hold a First Aid certificate that expired on or after 16 March 2020 and cannot access requalification training because of coronavirus you may qualify for a 3-month extension. This applies to:
To qualify for the extension, you must be able to explain why you haven’t been able to requalify and demonstrate what steps you have taken to access the training if asked to do so.
Anyone with Appointed Person training, can refresh this online as the course is for low-risk environments where assessments have identified no requirement for trained first aiders.
If because of coronavirus you cannot complete training for your First Aid qualification within the usual timeframe, training can restart at a later date as long as:
a full recap of training delivered before the interruption is done before moving
We have created a downloadable PDF of this information to make it easy for you to print off. If you have any questions about First Aid training or your current First Aid qualifications during the coronavirus crisis, we are here to help. Call our helpline of 01206 752 100
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