Covid-19 Training Statement
On 3rd June 2020, the First Aid Awarding Organisation Forum (FAAOF) held a meeting and released an updated statement that recommended that first aid training could restart in accordance with the UK Government devolved administrations and regional restrictions.
The HSE has also updated their advice regarding first aid cover, first aid certificate extensions and interrupted first aid training; please click here for more information.
The UK government has now lowered the COVID-19 alert level to 3, therefore we can now begin to resume our training services following social distancing and the recommended PPE guidance.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the current situation for first aid provision?
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has stated that employers should review their first aid needs assessment and maintain adequate first aid provision for those continuing to operate in the workplace.
To support employers with maintaining adequate first aid provision during COVID-19, the HSE has provided some helpful guidance .
What is the current situation for early years first aid provision?
The Department for Education (DfE) has modified the EYFS statutory framework in response to changes in the workforce. This includes the requirement for at least one person with a full Paediatric First Aid (PFA) certificate to be on the premises at all times where there are children below the age of 2.
However, if there are children aged 2-5 within a setting, providers must use their ‘best endeavours’ to ensure one person with a full Paediatric First Aid (PFA) certificate is on-site when children are present. Please click here for further details.
Additionally, if PFA certificate requalification training is prevented for reasons associated directly with COVID-19, or by complying with related government advice, the validity of current certificates can be extended by up to 3 months. This applies to certificates expiring on or after 16 March 2020.
What is ‘essential training’?
For workplaces that are unable to maintain adequate first aid provision, essential face-to-face classroom training may be required. This could include those who work in hospitals, schools, supermarkets, care homes, construction, manufacturing and other front-line services.
Other essential training may also be required for key workers to comply with health and safety regulations and safeguarding requirements.
What should I do if my first aid certificate has expired or is expiring soon?
The HSE has extended the validity of Emergency First Aid and First Aid at Work certificates where requalification training is prevented for reasons associated directly with COVID-19, or by complying with related government advice. This applies to certificates expiring on or after 16 March 2020.
This applies to the following qualifications:
Offshore Medic (OM)
Offshore First Aid (OFA)
First Aid at Work (FAW)
Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW)
The current deadline for all expired certifications to be renewed is 30 September 2020 (Subject to government guidance).
Can I do my first aid training online?
First aid training that is delivered solely online is not permitted by the HSE or DfE, however a ‘blended learning’ approach remains acceptable where annual face to face training cannot take place. For online training to be successful, the appropriate equipment, environment and support must be made available to both Centres and Learners.
Centres can deliver a maximum of one third of the training time required for Emergency First Aid and First Aid at Work and half the training time required for the full Paediatric First Aid qualification through distance learning, which includes either e-learning or live video conferencing. No assessments for these qualifications can be taken online. The remainder of the course must be delivered and assessed in the classroom.
The HSE have not relaxed their rules on blended learning and therefore the Blended Learning Principles agreed by the First Aid Quality Partnership are applicable, so you should adhere to these for any blended delivery.
How can OTS-training, safely carry out essential first aid training face-to-face?
OTS-training is an accredited Qualsafe Awards (QA) Centre and as the awarding body, QA’s have created a document 'Providing Safe, Socially Distanced First Aid Training' (updated: 21/05/2020), which details the steps that OTS-training will be taking to mitigate the risk of infection as far as possible when delivering and assessing first aid training in the classroom.
This is a live document and will be updated whenever new official guidance comes to light in this fast-moving situation.