First Aid Cover and Qualifications During the Coronavirus Pandemic

First aid course

If first aid cover for your business is reduced because of the coronavirus or you can’t access 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 required for the workers that are present and the activities that they are doing.

Assessing your first aid needs

While assessing your first aid needs, you should consider:

  • the nature of the work you do
  • any workplace hazards and risks (including specific hazards requiring special arrangements)
  • the nature and size of your workforce
  • the work patterns of your staff
  • holiday and other absences of first aiders and appointed persons, including those who are in self-isolation or are on furlough
  • your organisation’s history of accidents

You may also need to consider:

  • the needs of travelling, remote and lone workers
  • the distribution of your workforce
  • the remoteness of any of your sites from emergency medical services
  • whether your employees work on shared or multi-occupancy sites
  • first aid provision for non-employees (eg members of the public)
  • Metal health first aid needs

Keep enough first aid cover

If there are fewer people coming into your workplace:

  • Eliminate the risk: stop higher risk activities
  • It may still be safe to operate with reduced first aid cover

Collaboration with other business – share first aid cover

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.

It is particularly practical if you share a workspace with another business.

Shared first aiders must:

  • be aware of the type of injuries or illnesses that you identified in your risk 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 provides the temporary cover must make sure they do not adversely affect their own first aid cover.

First aid training

HSE have advised that, if you cannot complete training for your first aid qualification within the usual timeframe because of coronavirus, training can restart at a later date. This is only if a full recap of all training delivered before the interruption is done before moving onto undelivered modules. The awarding body needs to be content that you have a full understanding of all aspects of the course content, the knowledge required and competencies at the end of the training.

Horizon Risk Consultancy Ltd is a Highfield accredited training centre. We also work in partnership with Highfield e-learning, delivering Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work, Level 3 First Aid at Work and Level 3 Paediatric First Aid at work as online courses. Upon successful competition of the e-learning, the awarding body Highfield is content that you can show a full understanding of all aspects of the course content, and the knowledge required and competencies at the end of the training. You can decide to go on to achieve qualification by sitting for the exam at a Highfield centre once it is safe to do so.

Please contact us today we will be able to give advice and guidance to support your business in these difficult times.

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