COVID 19 – Extension of First Aid Certificates
The HSE have produced revised guidance on the extension of First Aid at Work (FAW) and Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) certificates. (see link below)
- Any FAW or EFAW certificates expiring from 16 March 2020 can be extended to NO LATER than 31 October 2020. This indicates that the requalification course MUST BE completed by 31 October 2020.
- Any FAW or EFAW certificate expiring from 1 October 2020 can to extended for a MAXIMUM OF 6 MONTHS to 31 March 2021. This indicates that the requalification course MUST BE completed by 31 March 2021.
DFE Guidance on Paediatric First Aid (PFA) and Emergency Paediatric First Aid (EPFA) Certificates.
- The extension of PFAW and EPFA Certificates remains at 25 November 2020. (This indicates that the requalification course MUST BE completed by 25 November 2020).
As before to qualify for this extension employers must 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, e.g. in construction, agriculture, engineering and chemicals
Harberry Training will advise our clients of any further changes to the above statements.