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First Aid Quality Partnership (FAQP) Guidance – First Aid Training Delivery During the Lockdown
The First Aid Quality Partnership (FAQP) met on 05/01/21 to discuss the impact of the latest, government-imposed lockdown conditions on first aid training delivery.
It was agreed that first aid training should continue during the lockdown in order to service the demand from employers. All existing Covid-secure guidelines should remain in place, providing a safe environment for learners.
The HSE support this decision and will approach the devolved administrations to clarify their position on first aid delivery during their individual lockdowns. Training can, however, continue as they await further clarification.
The HSE will also provide the FAQP with clarification for employers who are required to close during lockdown, such as universities and leisure centres, but who may still need to train first aiders ready for when the restrictions are lifted.
Members of the FAQP will continue to monitor the demand for training and whether or not a further extension request will need to be made.
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First aid during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
First aid in non-healthcare settings
This guidance will help employers ensure first aiders are confident that they can help someone injured or ill at work during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Employers and their first aiders should take account of the specific guidance on giving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from the Resuscitation Council UK.
Emergency service professionals, such as NHS ambulance workers, will receive specific advice from their employer.
HSE has guidance on First aid cover and qualifications.
Check your first aid needs assessment
As an employer, when reviewing your risk assessment to include working during the pandemic, consider refreshing your first aid at work needs assessment.
Ask your first aiders if there are any factors that should be taken into account as part of your risk assessment, for example vulnerable workers with first aid responsibilities.
You should discuss the risk assessment with your first aiders so they are confident about providing the right assistance. This includes knowing what equipment they can use to minimise risk of infection transmission, as explained below.
Guidance for first aiders
Try to assist at a safe distance from the casualty as much as you can and minimise the time you share a breathing zone.
If they are capable, tell them to do things for you, but treating the casualty properly should be your first concern. Remember the 3P model – preserve life, prevent worsening, promote recovery.
Preserve life: CPR
- Call 999 immediately – tell the call handler if the patient has any COVID-19 symptoms
- Ask for help. If a portable defibrillator is available, ask for it
- Before starting CPR, to minimise transmission risk, use a cloth or towel to cover the patient’s mouth and nose, while still permitting breathing to restart following successful resuscitation
- If available, use:
- a fluid-repellent surgical mask
- disposable gloves
- eye protection
- apron or other suitable covering
- Only deliver CPR by chest compressions and use a defibrillator (if available) – don’t do rescue breaths
Prevent worsening, promote recovery: all other injuries or illnesses
- If you suspect a serious illness or injury, call 999 immediately – tell the call handler if the patient has any COVID-19 symptoms
- If giving first aid to someone, you should use the recommended equipment listed above if it is available
- You should minimise the time you share a breathing zone with the casualty and direct them to do things for you where possible
After delivering any first aid
- Ensure you safely discard disposable items and clean reusable ones thoroughly
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser as soon as possible
First aid cover and qualifications during the pandemic
If first aid cover for your business is reduced because of coronavirus or you can’t get the first aid training you need, there are some things you can do so that you still comply with the law.
You should review your first aid needs assessment and decide if you can still provide the cover needed for the workers that are present and the activities that they are doing.
Keep enough first aid cover
If fewer people are coming into your workplace it may still be safe to operate with reduced first aid cover. You could also stop higher-risk activities.
Share first aid cover with another business
You could share the first aiders of another business, but be sure that they have the knowledge, experience and availability to cover the first aid needs of your business.
Shared first aiders must:
- be aware of the type of injuries or illnesses that you identified in your first aid needs assessmentand have the training and skills to address them
- know enough about your work environment and its first aid facilities
- be able to get to the workplace in good time if needed
Whoever provides the temporary cover must make sure they do not adversely affect their own first aid cover.
First aid certificate extensions
Offshore Medic and Offshore First Aid Certificates
From 31 October 2020 offshore medic (OM), or offshore first aid (OFA) certificates, must be current and in date. The temporary COVID-19 extension arrangements end.
First Aid at Work (FAW) and Emergency First aid at Work (EFAW) certificates requalification
First aid providers have resumed first aid training and assessment. In some cases, there remains a back log or limited availability.
FAW or EFAW 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.
Annual refresher training
If first aiders are unable to access annual refresher training face to face during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, HSE supports the use of online refresher training to keep their skills up to date.
HSE still strongly recommends that the practical elements of actual FAW, EFAW and requalification courses are delivered face to face, so that competency of the student can be properly assessed.
Interrupted first aid training
If because of coronavirus you cannot complete training for your first aid qualification within the usual timeframe, training can restart at a later date as long as:
- a full recap of training delivered before the interruption is done before moving onto undelivered modules
- the awarding body is content that you can show:
- a full understanding of all aspects of the course content
- the knowledge required and competencies at the end of the training
If there is a course you are interested in, but it’s not showing on our calendar, please contact us at email@example.com and we’ll see what we can arrange for you.
- For all courses we require a 25% non-refundable deposit, or full payment on all courses at the time of booking.
- All of our courses are delivered by qualified and experienced first aid instructors. We believe the best people to provide this training should be experts who have had experience dealing with real emergencies. Having first-hand knowledge and experience enables us to relate the training to real life scenarios making your training more interesting and relevant for your workplace or situation.
- Being a First Aider can be a daunting responsibility and accidents and illness can happen in the workplace at any time. For this reason, offering your staff the best quality training is very important. We deliver workplace and public first aid training and can tailor the training to specific groups as required.
- Our First Aid trainers use only the latest ambulance and Resuscitation Council (UK) protocols and procedures.
- Before we run our courses, we will discuss your training needs and all of our courses can be tailored to your needs.
- If there is a specific date you need a course, please contact us and we should be able to arrange something for you.
- We can provide training to you whenever and wherever you need it. Indoors, outdoors, at your workplace or at home. If the course you need isn’t listed please get in touch, we can probably arrange it for you, there are not many first aid or HSE courses that we can’t teach.
- All courses provide a recognised certificate of attendance and all the appropriate books suggested by our awarding bodies.
- We are based in Hull, East Yorkshire and we can provide your first aid course anywhere in the North East and have the capability to travel anywhere in the UK.
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CANCELLATION. MERIDIAN reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course. If this becomes necessary, as much notice as possible will be given and the client will be offered a choice, with due consultation of:(a) a full refund of fees if the course has not yet commenced
(b) a proportionate of fees already paid, if the course has commenced and is not yet completed
(c) an alternative date to commence or complete the course as appropriate to the circumstances.
If the Client requests cancellation or postponement of any course, no fees will be payable PROVIDED that not less than 30 days written notice is given to MERIDIAN. If less than 21 days written notice is given, MERIDIAN reserve the right to make an appropriate charge for administrative and other expenses as follows:
- 14 to 20 days written notice prior to course commencement = 25% of the course fee.
- 7 to 13 days written notice prior to course commencement = 50% of the course fee.
- Less than 7 days written notice prior to course commencement = 100% of the course fee.
In exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of MERIDIAN, courses may be postponed rather than cancelled. In cases where a course is immediately rearranged to an alternative date and therefore only postponed, 25% of the course fee and all travelling and accommodation charges incurred are payable as a postponement penalty. The fee for the rearranged course or place on a course would be full price. Further cancellation or postponement of an already rearranged course or place on a course would be subject to a mandatory 100% cancellation fee irrespective of the amount of prior written notice which is given.