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These are difficult times for all of us. We were hoping to tell you the exciting news about the opening of our new training centre, an artist’s impression of which is attached to this post. Sadly, due to the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak that is now not the case. Effective immediately all Face-to-Face training provided by Binary Plus Training will cease until the current crisis is over. Our skills and resources are being directed to try and support our local community during this time. Rest assured though that we WILL be opening our new training centre. We WILL be back, bigger and better than ever. Some of you may be wondering where this leaves you if your First Aid certificate is about to expire. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Department for Education (DfE) have released a statement addressing that, the details of which can be found below. We are looking into remote ways of keeping your skills as refreshed as possible until you can requalify and are hoping to share more details on that next week. Please keep yourself and your loved ones safe in these troubling times. Although we are working from home, we are still available for consultation and equipment supplies. If anyone has any questions – please get in touch. All the best - Stay safe! James Goulding Binary Plus Training
Today (19 March 2020) the HSE have stated: The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is aware that people holding Offshore Medic (OM), Offshore First Aid (OFA), First Aid at Work (FAW) or Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) certificates nearing expiry date, might experience disruption to access to requalification training as a result of events or circumstances generated by the coronavirus pandemic. HSE’s current guidance on the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981: https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/l74.pdf and the Offshore Installations and Pipeline Works (First-Aid) Regulations 1989 https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/l123.pdf is that those holding an OM, OFA, FAW or EFAW qualification should undertake retraining before their original certificate expires and HSE strongly recommends that employers, and individuals holding those qualifications should plan for requalification training well in advance of expiry dates. If however requalification training is prevented for reasons associated directly with coronavirus or by complying with related government advice, it is reasonable and practical to extend the validity of current certificates by up to 3 months. Anyone taking advantage of this extension should be able to describe clearly their reasons for delaying requalification training, and demonstrate steps they have taken to undertake the training, if required. This guidance comes into effect for certificates expiring on or after 16th March 2020. HSE will review this matter over the coming months and will issue further statements as necessary. Also, the Department of Education has commented as follows: The Department for Education supports the HSE statement regarding the extension of first aid certificates during coronavirus emergency and that it can be applied to paediatric first aid certificates held by staff in early years provision.