Coronavirus (COVID-19) Safe First Aid Training FAQs

15th June 2020
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The coronavirus pandemic has fundamentally changed the way we live, and we understand you will have many questions about what it means for the training we are offering. Health and safety is now, more than ever, a primary concern for everyone, and so we want to reassure you about the comprehensive measures we have taken to safeguard against COVID-19 in the workplace.

Can I still complete first aid training?

All our training centres are open and are offering our full suite of First Aid courses. You can now book:

Plus our range of GWO Approved First Aid courses for those work with or on wind turbines.

Individual first aid training kits
We are running all our first aid training courses at all our centres

My first aid certificate is due for renewal, but I can’t get to a training centre. What can I do?

First Aid at Work and Emergency First Aid certificates

Our first aid courses are accredited by MP Awards and in line with the HSE have advised that First Aid at Work and Emergency First Aid certificates that expired after 16 March 2020 can remain valid until 31 October 2020 or 6 months from date of expiry, whichever is later - to allow renewals to be completed in the normal way. 

In addition, in recognition of local lockdowns and other COVID related situations, instead of the one month window usually allowed to complete a requalification course when a certificate has expired, delegates now have until 31 March 2021 to requalify, although if their certificate expires before that date they will, as is usual, not be a competent first aider until they have passed the requalification course.

To qualify for the extension, employers must be able to demonstrate that they have made every effort to get the training completed and that they maintain an appropriate level of first aid cover for their business needs. 

GWO First Aid certificates

The Global Wind Organisation (GWO) has extended certificates for 60 days until 30 June 2021. Candidates whose GWO certificate has expired just need to ensure they take a refresher course within 60 days of its expiry.  

What are your social distancing protocols?

Trainers and delegates will remain socially distanced during practical sessions whenever practicable. Where there is a need to assess performance (i.e. assessment) and social distancing isn’t practicable, the trainer will wear a respirator with a minimum standard of FFP2.

Socially distanced first aid course
Social distancing on our first aid courses

How can I be sure any equipment I use will be safe?

Each delegate will be given their own personal equipment to use in a pre-packed plastic bag.

This contains:

  • Sanitised resuscitation mannikin face
  • New mannikin lung
  • New Triangular bandage
  • New Resuscitation Aid (face shield)
  • New Large Wound Dressing

Personal first aid kits for training
Delegate's personal first aid equipment

We will also supply disposable nitrile gloves for all practical exercises which can be changed as often as required (we hold plenty of stock). The gloves can be discarded into lined bins after use. Before and after any practical exercise, candidates are asked to wash or sanitise their hands (there are hand sanitisation stations in every classroom).

Sanitisation and PPE station for training courses
Sanitisation, PPE and information station

How will I be able to learn how to perform CPR safely?

We will operate a 1:1 delegate to manikin ratio for CPR practice and will maintain our rigorous manikin cleaning protocols. Personal resuscitation mannikin face shield provided should also be used. In addition, resuscitation mannikin lungs will be changed after each training session. If a delegate prefers not to practice rescue breaths they can do chest compressions only, as per the advice of Resus UK.

In a real life first aid situation under the current pandemic circumstances, the Resus Council advises you should not perform rescue breaths on the casualty and attempt compression only CPR and early defibrillation until the ambulance (or advanced care team) arrives. Put hands together in the middle of the chest and push hard and fast. 

1 delegate to manikin ratio for CPR first aid practice
1:1 delegate to manikin ratio for CPR practice 

Will I be able to practice first aid skills like applying dressings?

All practical exercises like applying bandages, fitting a sling etc, will take place on artificial aids (e.g. mannikins). The mannikins will be cleaned at all touchpoints prior to and after each use. And the first aid equipment we use e.g. bandages etc will be disposed of after use.

I need training at my site – will you provide this?

We will continue to provide onsite first aid training at your premises so long as we have the required minimum number of candidates and you can provide confirmation you have the necessary social distancing and hygiene control measures in place.

What our customers say

We've already run a number of first aid courses at our training centres following our new COVID secure measures and here's some recent feedback we've received:

"Covid rules followed to a high standard." Emma Burton

"Enjoyable course, Felt very safe with arrangements due to Covid." Valerie Harley

"All had a desk, manikin and gloves each due to Covid 19. Well organised and relaxed atmostphere." Susan Jackson


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