This information is to the best of our knowledge at the time the blog post was last updated 17th December 2020. Guidelines are subject to change based on government restrictions, health advice and the accreditation provider’s guidance.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
Do my existing first aiders need any additional training?
As per the (Government Return to Work Safely Protocol, Published 9th May 2020, Page 19, paragraph 7B), “In the event that first aid is required in the workplace it may not be possible to maintain a distance of 2 metres. Workers with a specific role in acting as first responders should be provided with updated training on infection prevention and control principles including performance of hand hygiene and appropriate use of personal protective equipment when delivering first aid.”
To fulfill this requirement we have developed the First Aid in the Workplace Covid-19 Update online course. This training is recommended for first aid responders, basic first aiders and community first responders.
The online update course is not required for participants currently receiving their first aid or first aid refresher course as this information will be covered as part of their training.
First aid responders certification has expired during COVID-19 or is about to expire:
First Aid Re-certification Deadline Announced
Due to COVID-19, first aid responders whose certification lapsed in from March 2020 and were unable to complete their refresher training during the lock-down, were given time to re-certify at a later date.
This deadline date for re-certification has now been announced as the 31st March 2021.
Participants who postponed re-certification due to COVID-19 and miss the 31st March 2021 deadline will no longer be eligible to attend the refresher training course.
The Health & Safety Authority have advised they will continue to recognise first aid responders existing FAR certification during the COVID-19 pandemic while they wait to be re-certified.
Option 1: complete the theory part of the course virtually (day-1) and complete the practical (day -2) in person
Should you wish to complete day-1 of the training virtually you can as this is the theory part of the course, this can be accommodated over platforms such as ZOOM. Day 2 of the course needs to be completed in person due to the practical nature of the course.
Option 2: complete the 2-days of the course in person
Currently, the 2-days of the refresher training can be delivered in-person providing the site is following all health advice and restrictions at time of training delivery.
Please Note: Participants who are eligible to attend refresher training include:
- participants with a in-date valid first aid response/refresher certificate
- participants whose first aid response/refresher certificate expired during the COVID-19 situation i.e. from March 2020 onward, providing their training is scheduled before the deadline above has elapsed.
- If you are uncertain if a participant is eligible to attend the refresher course please get in contact and we can advise.
Training new first aid responders:
If your organisation is not currently meeting its occupational first aid requirements, you may need to train participants on the 3-day First Aid Response course.
Option 1: complete the theory part of the course virtually (day-1&2) and complete the practical (day -3) when the COVID-19 situation has rescinded.
Should you wish to complete day-1&2 of the training virtually you can as this is the theory part of the course, this can be accommodated over platforms such as ZOOM. However, it is important to note that the practical day-3 needs to be delivered in person.
Option 2: complete the 3-days of the course in person
Currently, the 3-days of the first aid response training can be delivered in-person providing the site is following all health advice and restrictions at time of training delivery.