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First Aid Training Vs COVID 19

There has been much speculation about how First Aid training will be conducted during the COVID-19 crisis, the facts have now been published. The HSE have issued clear and sensible advice regarding First Aid certificates that will expire during this crisis. A three-month extension will be granted; however, it must be directly related to COVID-19. I believe this is a sensible decision, but it does create further issues.

At the end of the three months business will be expected to operate as they were before, this will mean that they will be required to have the required amount of First Aiders in place.

At the end of the three months the last thing that will be on that business agenda is qualification of First Aiders. Business will be concentrating on rebuilding or potentially starting from scratch. This will be a stressful time for the economy as we start to regrow.

First Aid courses will be in high demand, First Aid Instructors will therefore be in high demand, it is unlikely that First Aid Instructors will be able to immediately cope with this increased pressure.

First Aid awarding bodies have created a much more sensible approach which is First Aid training is not classed as a social gathering. It is essential training that is needed by workplaces, particularly when it is not possible for staff to work from home. If this approach is risk assessed and risk minimised accordingly then the training should be fine.


Some ideas to minimise risk are things such as training in smaller groups, hand washing and using alcohol gel after every time a trainer comes into contact with a mannequin or other person. The list is not exhaustive and should be tailored to the environment in which the training is being conducted. Remaining sensible and professional is the key to stopping the transmission of this virus.


My opinion is that training should still be conducted, take adequate precautions and there should be nothing too much to worry about. Of course, I understand peoples concerns and financial worries, a professional discussion with the client should suffice, maybe there is scope for buy now pay later to help small business overcome the worries?


There is also the option of blended learning, again this could be discussed and should be offered if that is part of your training.


Result FIRST AID TRAINING - 1 COVID 19 - 0

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