The HSE has decided to extend the validity of certain first aid certificates expiring on or after 16th of March 2020 by up to 3 months. Please see the full statement below...
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 First Aid 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 and the Offshore Installations and Pipeline Works (First-Aid) Regulations 1989 is that those holding an OM, OFA, FAW or EFAW qualifications 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.
In the meantime...
It may be useful to talk with your first aiders to ensure they feel they are still competent to act as a first aider during this extension period.
We have a number of resources available to help refresh first aid skills without attending a classroom based course, such as:
- Our free to download first aid app , available both on Apple Store and Google Play
- Our online First Aid Annual Skills update course*
- If you're one of our existing customers, you're allowed access to our free online community Safe Hands that is designed to help you keep your first aid skills up to date
Topics: First Aid