Now that we are able to offer Safe and Socially Distanced First Aid Training it is important to look at how the advice from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and Department for Education (DfE) has changed.
During March both the HSE and DfE issued guidance that was pretty much in agreement. As no training was available, any certificate that expired after the 16th of March was considered valid for a further three (3) months.
As of the start of June, this has no been revised to state that all re-qualification training should be completed by the 30th of September 2020 as a final deadline. However you would need to demonstrate that you had been unable to obtain re-qualification training up to that period. With re-qualification training now available this would be difficult to justify, although specific cases may appear.
“The first aid training industry in England is confident that enough courses will now be available for all required requalification training to take place. HSE has therefore agreed a final deadline for requalification for these qualifications of 30th September 2020.”HSE – First aid during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
“Additionally, If PFA certificate requalification training is prevented for reasons associated directly with coronavirus (COVID-19), or by complying with related government advice, the validity of current certificates can be extended by up to 3 months. This applies to certificates expiring on or after 16th March 2020. If requalification training is still unavailable, a further extension is possible to no later than 30th September 2020.”DfE – Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus outbreak.
It is important to remember that there is still a requirement to provide appropriate First Aid cover within a workplace or setting, and these guidelines above only apply to first aiders with existing qualifications that have expired after the 16th March 2020.
Guidance correct as of 5th June 2020 and applicable to England.