The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced a new extension for first aid at work (FAW) and emergency first aid at work (EFAW) certificates across Scotland, England and Wales.
Certificates that expired after 16th March 2020 are now valid until 31st October 2020 or 6 months after the expiry date, whichever is later. The requalification training must now be completed by 31st March 2021.
According to the HSE, 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