Training to resume from Monday 3rd August

We will be strictly adhering to the advice of Health Protection Scotland, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the First Aid Quality Partnership

8th July 2020

In light of the latest Scottish Government and industry advice on COVID-19,  from Monday, 3rd August, 2020, we are planning to resume first aid and health and safety training from our centres in Scotland subject to conditions at the time.

We would advise you to visit this page on a regular basis for updates and note any changes to our position.

In order to ensure the health and safety of people on our courses, as well as employees, the following measures are being put in place:

  • If a candidate has any of the symptoms of COVID-19 (i.e. new persistent cough, high temperature, loss or change to sense of smell or taste), please do not attend training. A free transfer to another course will be organised.
  • On arrival at each Training Centre, and after lunch breaks, we will check temperatures of each person entering the building.
  • Face-coverings will not be provided, but candidates are welcome to wear their own should they wish.
  • Social distancing measures will be in place and there will be clear guidance in each of our premises as to how this can be maintained. We would ask all candidates to respect and adhere to these measures.
  • We have reduced class sizes in accordance with advice. We therefore may not be able to accommodate you on your preferred date, but will do our best to find an alternative date/dates to suit as soon as possible.
  • Whenever reasonably practical, social distancing will be maintained except where absolutely necessary for training and assessment purposes.
  • For sessions of training and assessment where it is necessary to come within close proximity of other candidates, related to a situation where a First Aider may be expected to wear PPE in a real emergency, appropriate PPE will be provided.
  • Necessary small groups will be done within the same groups to minimise the number of people with whom delegates come into closer contact with.
  • We encourage regular use of hand washing facilities and provide alcohol-based hand sanitiser in each training room for regular use.
  • One manikin will be provided per candidate. We have also significantly increased stocks of manikin faces and lungs with rigorous cleaning and sanitising procedures in place. You can read our updated manikin cleaning process here.
  • All equipment is cleaned regularly.

 
We will initially be training at six of our venues across Scotland: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee, Glenrothes and Stirling. We plan to gradually increase the number of courses over the coming weeks and months to meet customer demand.

This approach will allow us to ensure that the adaptations to our training delivery meets our customers’ needs, government and industry guidelines.

We can deliver training at your premises in line with current practice and subject to your organisation being able to provide a risk assessment demonstrating additional required safeguarding, social distancing and infection control measures at your site.

Please send enquiries to: sales@firstaid.org.uk or tel 0300 4 666 999

Our initial focus will be on our normal schedule of workplace first aid and health and safety training, with the courses below available to book:

First Aid at work (3 days)

Emergency First Aid at work (1 day)

First Aid at work requalification (2 days)

Annual Update

Paediatric First Aid

Fire Marshal 


Our Commitment to YOU

We are adhering to the Scottish Government’s Guidance on COVID-19

We will provide our training and supplies with all safety measures in place

Your Commitment Whilst in Training

Adhere to social distancing

Be kind to our staff and each other

Return home if you are showing any of the following symptoms

A high temperature

A new continuous cough

A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

You can continue to book, subject to course and venue availability, either through the website, email sales@firstaid.org.uk or telephone 0300 4 666 999

Further information

Expired first aid certificates

The HSE has updated its guidance on first aid at work certificates expiring on or after 16th March if your requalification training is prevented for reasons associated directly with Coronavirus or by complying with related government advice. It is now reasonable and practical that you may qualify for an extension. (In England the deadline is 30th September, 2020.) 


Requalification training in Scotland and Wales

It is accepted that training capacity in Scotland and Wales, and for some parts of the emergency services across Great Britain, might take longer.

The deadline for completing requalification training in Scotland and Wales (and in relevant GB emergency services), will therefore be reviewed by HSE over the coming months. Employers or certificate holders should still try to arrange requalification training at the earliest opportunity.

To take advantage of this extension you need to:

• Describe why you have not been able to requalify
• Demonstrate what steps you have taken to access the training, if required.

As demand for courses is high, we advise that you consider booking as soon as possible.

The main changes on how first aid skills will be taught

Courses will include information about how first aid can be performed safely during the current Covid-19 pandemic, following current guidance from the Resuscitation Council (UK).

How to protect myself when performing first aid during the Coronavirus outbreak?

Providing first aid to someone who is unresponsive and not breathing is crucial in making sure that they have the best chance of recovery. However, it is also important that you take measures to protect yourself during the Covid-19 pandemic. In order to reduce the potential risk of infection when giving first aid, please follow the steps outlined on this page

Do First Aiders in the workplace need to wear anything other than gloves when attending to non-Coronavirus related injuries?

There is very little information available with regards to First Aiders specifically, and what has been released has concentrated on helping someone who is unresponsive and not breathing.

In terms of general first aid advice, at the moment, the advice is to encourage people to help themselves where possible with us offering guidance on what to do. e.g. can you put pressure on your wound by holding it firmly with your hand – this helps us to maintain social distancing.

It is more important than ever to wear gloves if easily available, follow hand washing guidance and be extra vigilant with how you dispose of waste. The only additional guidance would be treating someone who, is not displaying symptoms or any signs of Covid-19 but is in an environment where there is sustained transmission (i.e. care homes, block of flats, communities etc. where there is a high proportion of cases that appear to be spreading). In this instance the advice is for person providing care to wear an apron surgical mask in addition to gloves if they have to come within social distance area – this however is an unusual position, and at present we aren’t seeing if often, with the exception of some care homes.

What to do about first aid cover during Coronavirus (Covid-19)

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 activities that they are doing.

Ensure enough first aid cover

If there are fewer people 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 assessment and 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 provided the temporary cover must make sure they do not adversely affect their own first aid cover.

What to do about interrupted first aid training due to Coronavirus (Covid-19)

The HSE has outlined some useful guidance to anyone that has experienced interruption to their first aid training due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown.

If because of Coronavirus you cannot complete training for your first aid qualification within the usual time frame, 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.

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