Update 30 March 2020
We hope you and your families are all staying well and continue to do so.
We are still here!
However, in these unprecedented times, we have had to take the decision to furlough our employees, which means we will be ‘off the air’ for the time being.
This is to protect our future, so that we have one to continue training once this nightmare passes.
It is impossible to know how long this will continue however once restrictions are relaxed somewhat and we can all see a way through this crisis, we will be back.
Until such time, please stay safe and remember #StayHomeSavesLives.
Update 25 March 2020
Guide to self isolation courtesy of the Bee Gees – with special thanks to ‘The Ulster Fry’ – we hope they don’t mind us promoting such a sensible & humorous message! #FIGHTBACK
Update 23 March 2020
We hope you are all staying well!
We find First Aid 4 Life in an interesting position, on the one hand we are being asked to continue training because first aid skills are so important in these critical times, on the other we as a society are being asked to avoid mass gatherings and our training venues are, for the time being, asking us to stay away.
On this basis we have made two important decisions that, as with everything else, may change over time, as follows: –
- With immediate effect all of our public training courses will be suspended for the time being, to be reviewed on a regular basis… just as soon as we can re-schedule, be assured that you will be the first to know.
- Several of our larger customers are considering first aid training for small groups of ‘essential people’ at their own premises, which we are very happy to provide in line with the 10 step plan advised in our update of 19 March.
We are advising individual clients not to cancel bookings at present because when training recommences the floodgates will open; if you have already booked, we will honour your booking.
Can we also please remind you of the news in our update of 21 March advising of the HSE decision to extend the validity of current first aid certificates by up to 3 months, this being also subject to constant review.
Look after each other folks!
Update 21 March 2020
First Aid at Work and Paediatric First Aid requalification and validity periods extended by up to 3 months with effect from 16 March 2020.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is aware that people holding Offshore Medic (OM), Offshore First Aid (OFA), First Aid at Work (FAW) or Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) certificates nearing expiry date, might experience disruption to access to requalification training as a result of events or circumstances generated by the coronavirus pandemic.
HSE’s current guidance on the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981: https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/l74.pdf and the Offshore Installations and Pipeline Works (First-Aid) Regulations 1989 https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/l123.pdf is that those holding an OM, OFA, FAW or EFAW qualification should undertake retraining before their original certificate expires and HSE strongly recommends that employers, and individuals holding those qualifications should plan for requalification training well in advance of expiry dates.
If however requalification training is prevented for reasons associated directly with Coronavirus or by complying with related government advice, it is reasonable and practical to extend the validity of current certificates by up to 3 months. Anyone taking advantage of this extension should be able to describe clearly their reasons for delaying requalification training, and demonstrate steps they have taken to undertake the training, if required.
This guidance comes into effect for certificates expiring on or after 16th March 2020. HSE will review this matter over the coming months and will issue further statements as necessary.
Also, the Department of Education has commented as follows:
The Department for Education supports the HSE statement regarding the extension of first aid certificates during coronavirus emergency and that it can be applied to paediatric first aid certificates held by staff in early years provision.
Update 19 March 2020
On behalf of all of us at First Aid 4 Life we sincerely hope that this crisis is not causing you and your family any health issues or related challenges.
The safety and the well-being of our customers and staff is always our main priority, and we are working closely with the authorities to follow all relevant guidelines that minimise health risks.
The government have advised against ‘social gatherings’ and for people to work from home ‘where possible’, also the advice for those who should self-isolate has been increased.
We should note that first aid training is not a ‘social gathering’. It is essential training that is needed by workplaces, particularly when it is not possible for staff to work from home.
Going forward therefore these are some ways in which we hope we can help, recognising that government advice is changing on a daily basis so stay tuned:
- we can introduce a maximum class size of six which we feel is more reassuring to our clients during this difficult time.
- we can deliver training at the customer’s venue, thereby reducing anxiety about mixing with unknown others.
- we have implemented this 10 step plan issued by Qualsafe to ensure hospital-grade infection prevention and control in the training room.
- we will teach our learners about COVID-19 infection prevention and control (much of which is included in the 10 step plan); it is the FIRST lesson on the course!
- these and other procedures will be enforced and closely supervised, to the extent that attending our training is likely to be safer than being in the majority of workplaces, or even homes.
We hope that these measures will reinforce your confidence that we are striving to continue supporting our customers while this dreadful situation develops.
Once again, we sincerely hope that you all stay healthy and reassured that this Covid-19 crisis WILL pass, life WILL return to normal.