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COVID-19: Statement from HSE and DfE relating to certificate expiry

Health and Safety Executive statement

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: https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/l74.pdf and the Offshore Installations and Pipeline Works (First-Aid) Regulations 1989 https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/l123.pdf 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.

Department for Education statement

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.

IMS Access

Pulse Medicare Working With iMS Access Services

Pulse Medicare have some fantastic news! We are now working with iMS Access Services in Rotherham. iMS offer a range of services all working at height, including Facilities Maintenance, High Level Lighting and Fall Protection Systems for safe access to rooftops and all manner of structures. They provide services and installations to allow work to be carried out safely at height.

Our team will be delivering our Accredited First Aid at Work qualifications at the company’s new training centre in Rotherham. Our training courses will help the staff at iMS Access Services take action in case of any accident or emergency in the workplace.

What training is required for using a defibrillator?

Health and safety legislation does not require you to have an automated external defibrillator (AED) in your workplace. Where an employer has identified through their needs assessment that they wish to provide an AED in the workplace, then the provision and use of workplace equipment regulations 1998 (PUWER) apply. For the purpose of complying with PUWER in these situations, the employer should provide information and written instructions, for example from the AED’s manufacturer, on how to use it. However, fuller training is likely to make the user more confident and is now an integral part of the syllabus for FAW and EFAW courses. We now cover the use of an AED on all of our accredited FAW courses. Learners will need to demonstrate the correct placement of AED pads and follow the AED instructions.

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