Important guidance about first aid certificates expiring on or after 16th March 2020

Written by James Reed
May 27, 2020

James is a Training Product Manager at Red Cross Training responsible for the development and review of our training products.

In light of the ongoing coronavirus situation, the HSE has now updated its guidance on first aid at work certificates expiring on or after 16th of March 2020. 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 that you qualify for an extension. The final deadline for requalification is 30th September 2020

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.

The HSE states that it will review the deadline for completing requalification training in Scotland and Wales over the coming months, as it accepts that training capacity in these nations may take longer to build.

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.

The Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland (HSENI) has granted an extension of the above first aid qualifications of up to three months for qualifications expiring on or after the 16th March 2020, subject to the conditions listed by the HSE above.


Topics: First Aid

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