Covid-19 Advice for First Aiders and First in the Workplace

 

Covid-19 continues to bring some real  challenges for First Aiders and First Aid Responders in the workplace.

Coronavirus Disease

Regiment Training would like to share some basic advice and guidance regarding the Covid-19 situation and its impact on First Aid.  We hope to answer some of your most common questions of the last few weeks.

Managing First Aid incidents during Covid-19 or where Covid- 19 is suspected.

The very idea of the Covid-19 virus reduces people’s willingness to assist with a casualty.  Whether we are dealing with a casualty at work, in the street or on one of our essential shopping trips. We cannot deny that where once we would not have given a thought to jumping to a casualties aid. Now we think twice, however we can still help.  Here is some useful and authoritative guidance from Public Health England and the Resuscitation Council on managing casualties with suspected Covid-19:

Public Health England – Guidance for first responders and others in close contact with symptomatic people with potential COVID-19.         

Resuscitation CouncilStatement on COVID-19 in relation to CPR and resuscitation in first aid and community settings.

First Aid Cover & Training during Covid-19

For those of you are responsible for Business Continuity and Compliance or for individuals who require a valid First Aid certificate. To satisfy licensing or regulatory requirements for work you will be reassured to know that the HSE. Announced a 3 month extension on the validity of certificates due to expire on or after 16th March 2020.   

If Covid-19 has resulted in reduced first aid cover for your business or you can’t get the first aid training you need.  There are still some things you can do to ensure that you are complying with the law.

In the first instance you should review your first aid needs assessment and decide if you can still provide the cover needed for the workers that are present and the activities that they are doing.  Further information is available here.

In addition, Public Health England has also produced some great information to assist employers with navigating the complications of Covid-19 including sick pay, managing shift rotations and safe working practices.  More information is available here.

If you have any further questions on how to manage First Aid during Covid-19, online training and help with needs assessments, please do not hesitate to contact us here at Regiment Training Contact Us and we will try and reply as soon as possible.