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Certificate Validity Update

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the HSE have released a statement regarding a further extension to First Aid at Work and Emergency First Aid at Work certificate validity:

  1. First Aid at Work or Emergency First Aid at Work certificates that expired after 16 March 2020 can remain valid until 31 October 2020 or 6 months from date of expiry, whichever is later. All requalification training for these certificates should be completed by 31 March 2021.

To qualify for the extension, employers must be able to 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, eg in construction, agriculture, engineering and chemicals

This guidance now applies to employers in England, Scotland and Wales.

For further information on the HSE’s advice, please click here.

If you require any further support or clarification, please contact us at info@actionpointtraining.com or call us on 0330 133 2165.

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