Revised guidance on the extension of First Aid certificates

In summary:

  • FAW & EFAW Certificates that expired during the period 16th March 2020 to 30th April 2020  - must have completed a requalification course by 31st October 2020
  • FAW & EFAW Certificates that expired during the period 1st May 2020 to 30th September 2020 must have completed a requalification course within 6 months of the expiry date.
  • FAW & EFAW Certificates that expire from 1st October 2020 must have completed a requalification course by 31st 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).

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.

https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/first-aid-and-medicals/first-aid-certificate-coronavirus.htm#qualifications

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