The Welsh Government has informed the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) that first aid training can be permitted under the current coronavirus restrictions, given the following considerations:
The training is a required part of the work or operation of the business commissioning the training (e.g. is necessary for compliance with health and safety or other legislation)
Other requirements for businesses and individuals under the current restrictions are met
All controls necessary are in place to comply with relevant regulations and guidance published by the Welsh Government here and any additional measures necessary to ensure the training activities and environment are COVID secure are taken.
Premises required to close for normal business under coronavirus restrictions may be considered for use as training venues, providing the conditions outlined above are adhered to. Authority to open premises for first aid training can be obtained from the relevant local authority or appropriate department of the Welsh Government.
HSE’s current guidance on first aid certificate extensions covers all of GB and remains unaltered and can be found here.
The HSE stated that first aid training should be determined using sensible and pragmatic decisions made by employers, based on maintaining adequate first aid provision in the workplace.
Please note, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Department of Education (DfE) have not relaxed their rules on maintaining adequate first aid provision in the workplace.