UPDATE: HSE extend the validity of certain first aid certificates until 30th September 2020

First aid certificate extensions and Requalification training:

Following the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, HSE (Health and Safety Executive) announced that anyone holding a Offshore Medic (OM), Offshore First Aid (OFA), First Aid at Work (FAW) or Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) certificate that expired on or after 16th March 2020, and could not access requalification training because of the coronavirus, may qualify for an extension. (In order to qualify for the extension, certificate holders must be able to explain the reason why they haven’t been able to requalify and demonstrate what steps they have taken to access the training, if asked to do so). 

However, HSE have now released an updated statement regarding requalification training, which states that 'the first aid training industry in England is confident that enough that courses will now be available for all required requalification training to take place' and therefore HSE has agreed that the final deadline for requalification for these certificates is 30th September 2020.

HSE strongly recommends that certificate requalification holders attend a face to face first aid training course, so that their competency of the practical elements of the course can be properly assessed.


Guidance for first aiders when giving first aid:

Where possible, try to assist from a safe distance from the casualty to help minimise the time you share a breathing zone. If the casualty is capable, ask them to help you by applying the first aid themselves, however treating the casualty properly should be your first concern.

Performing CPR:

  • Call 999 immediately and tell the emergency call handler if the casualty has any COVID-19 symptoms
  • Before starting CPR, to help minimise the transmission risk, use a cloth or towel to cover the casualties mouth and nose, while still allowing breathing to restart following successful resuscitation
  • If available, ensure you use:
    • a fluid-repellent surgical mask
    • disposable gloves
    • eye protection
    • apron or other suitable covering

Only deliver CPR by chest compressions (hands-only) and use a defibrillator (if one is available) – do not perform rescue breaths. 

After delivering first aid:

  • Ensure you safely discard of disposable items and clean the reusable ones thoroughly
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser as soon as possible

Please click here to read the full statement from HSE.  


Surrey First Aid Training are now offering First Aid and Health & Safety training courses, so please contact us if you need to get your requalification training done by 30th September. https://www.surreyfirstaid.com/contact-us.html