During these unprecedented times with Coronavirus Pandemic, Alpha Training have taken the guidance from the HSE (see below) in relation to all First Aid certificates as there will be a disruption in accessing courses to enable requalification.
We are therefore extending all First Aid Certificates for a 3 month period for any certificate due to expire from 16th March 2020. This includes Emergency First Aid at Work, Emergency First Aid at Work Refresher, Basic First Aid Awareness, First Aid at Work Initial and First Aid at Work Refresher certificates.
If you have any questions in relation to your qualification or would like a list of course dates to book in on a future course, please contact the Alpha team on firstname.lastname@example.org
HSE Coronavirus First Aid at Work Guidance
Please see below for guidance for First Aid at Work requalification and validity periods:
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.