Important HSE update regarding first aid expiry dates
On the 24 September 2020, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) announced an update to first aid qualification expiry dates which could not be renewed due to the impact COVID-19 preventing requalifying.
The existing extension to the 30 September 2020 has been extended. This applies to First Aid at Work and Emergency First Aid at Work.
The HSE announced for Wales, England and Scotland, all learners qualifications which expire on or after the 16th March 2020 will be given an extension until the 31st October 2020 or a 6-month extension on their current expiry date, whichever is the latest. The latest possible date a qualification can be extended is the 31 March 2021.
This means anyone who cannot access requalification training due to the impact of COVID-19 can have their certificates extended. Any certificate expiring before January 2021 can get up to a 6 months extension and anyone after January 2021 can get an extension until 31 March 2021. See the example table below.
The above guidance applies to First Aid at Work and Emergency First Aid at Work.
There has been no change from the Department of Education for extensions to Paediatric qualifications.
The extension for Emergency Paediatric First Aid or Paediatric First Aid is the 25 November 2020 where you cannot access requalification training due to COVID-19.
First Aid qualifications governed by faa
The Awarding Body First Aid Awards (FAA) have applied the same HSE guidance to its other first aid qualifications allowing 6 months extension up to a maximum of 31 March 2021. See the table above for a reminder. These include:
FAA Award in Activity First Aid
FAA Award in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation
FAA Award in Basic Life Support and Safe Use of an Automated External Defibrillator
FAA Award in Oxygen Therapy Administration
FAA Award in Immediate Management of Anaphylaxis
FAA Award in First Aid Risk Assessment - Principles and Practice