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Are you First Aid ready?

First Aid at Work, COVID-19 and the HSE...

What you need to know as a business owner!


First Aid at Work

Where a workplace first aid risk assessment identifies a need for a First Aider in the Workplace, this three-day qualification meets the requirements of the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 and the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations (Northern Ireland 1982.


The learner will attain knowledge and the practical competence required to deal with a range of workplace first aid situations.

The FAA Emergency First Aid at Work qualification is unit 1 of the three-day FAA First Aid at Work qualification. From gaining this qualification learners could progress to completing unit 2 and being awarded the FAA First Aid at Work qualification.

  • Meets employer's legal obligations

  • Compliant with Resuscitation Council (UK)

  • 3 year qualification


What do you need to do?

In June 2020 the HSE released guidance to help business owners make decisions about first aid at work. They say that we should try to ensure we have trained first aiders to cover your workplace.

My first aiders certificates ran out during lockdown, what do I do?

Don’t panic! The HSE have allowed us to extend certificate expiry dates since March 2020 to the 30th September 2020. So, if you have any staff, who are not shielding and are not furloughed, who have expired first aid qualifications, you really need to start thinking about getting them booked on an accredited first aid course.

Built up demand.

With so many courses being booked to deal with demand, St. Johns Ambulance and British Red Cross courses are fully booked in the Salisbury area for September already!

Don’t get caught out!

The HSE and local authority are actively carrying out visits to businesses in all industry sectors, they are focusing on COVID-19 safety and to ensure business owners are doing everything possible to keep their staff and customers safe.

While they are visiting, they can ask to evidence relating to safety in your business, after the 30th September 2020, there will be no excuse to have no qualified first aiders on site, particularly if the work carried out within your business is deemed to cause a risk of injury to staff, visitors or customers.

So, what should I do?

For businesses based in the Salisbury area, KVF will be holding 1 and 3-day first aid courses at the Portway Centre near Old Sarum from Wednesday 16th to Friday 18th September.

We have carried out our own COVID-19 risk assessment and were delighted to find the Portway Centre has gone above and beyond to accommodate us and we are satisfied that we can deliver a safe, socially distanced course to make your team compliant and your business a safer place.

To avoid disappointment, email for more details.

We look forward to seeing you at our courses. As always, if you need any help with health and safety get in touch by emailing with your enquiry.

Thank you and please take care.

Lee Kennedy – Director KVF.

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