As you are more than aware, we care currently in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Whilst we have implemented all strict cleaning & hygiene, social distancing guidelines given by the government, we have decided it best to continue as below for the next coming weeks/months.
To ensure the safety of all, we’ve taken the route of cancelling or re-scheduling courses up until the end of May(there will be no cost involved), when we would hope to be coming out at the other side of this current situation.
We do pre-empt an influx of Training requirement when this is over, which is why, we are where possible urging to re-schedule from June right up until December, even into 2021. We can then have trainers booked well in advance to deliver for you.
The HSE have also released the below last week, giving 3 months leniency on certificate expiration dates, don’t leave it to the last minute, should you book for November & we’re all at the other side by June, we can simply bring the date forward.
HSE STATEMENT (THURSDAY, 19TH MARCH 2020)
The changes will also apply to Paediatric First Aid and Emergency Paediatric First Aid.
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.
There will be someone available to speak to here at the office or via email at all times
Wishing you well to take care & keep safe