Published: Sunday 22 March 2020

Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced that they will extend the validity of certain first aid certificates that expire on or after 16th of March 2020. The extensions can be for up to three months. Please see the HSE's statement below for further clarification.

If you hold a Paediatric First Aid qualification, and want to refresh your knowledge, we have a FREE online refresher course. Normally this is available exclusively to students of To Baby and Beyond but we are pleased to currently offer it to everyone. It does not mean your qualification has been renewed but will keep the necessary information and skills at the front of your mind until such time as you can retake your qualification. To Baby and Beyond has a schedule of dates for later in the year. If courses should be cancelled due to continuing social distancing, we can change your booking to a later date.

The HSE statement in full:

"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 to 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 qualification 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.

The Department for Education supports the HSE statement regarding the extension of first aid certificates during coronavirus emergency and that it can be applied to paediatric first aid certificates held by staff in early years provision."


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