Coronavirus (Covid-19): First aid in council buildings

All services should review their First Aid needs assessments to ensure they maintain adequate levels of First Aid provision during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Face to face training has been resumed. Please log in to the Learning Gateway to see full details of events and to book a training place.

You may be asked to avoid going to your normal place of work in favour of working at home or in other remote locations in response to Covid-19 arrangements. This may mean that first aid cover may not meet the usual levels.

In order to address this, from Thursday 19 March, all council trained first aiders are asked to:

  • write your name and contact number on the first aider white boards that will be placed at each reception/main entrance as your enter the building
  • remove your name when you leave the site.

How do I get first aid?

If you need first aid please call reception for your building or make your way to the main entrance of your building for a list of available first aiders and their contact details.

First aid certificate extensions

The Health & Safety Executive have confirmed that First Aid at Work (FAW) or Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) certificates that expired after 16 March 2020 can remain valid until 31 October 2020 or 6 months from the date of expiry, whichever is later. All requalification training for these certificates should be completed by 31 March 2021.

Trained First Aiders who meet the following criteria will qualify for an extension and can continue to deliver first aid. To qualify for the extension, employers must be able to demonstrate that:

  • they have made every effort to arrange requalification training as soon as possible and can explain in detail why they have not been able to do so. For example, they must show evidence that staff with expired certificates are booked on to EFAW or FAW requalification courses, if requested by an inspector
  • they have adequate and appropriate equipment and facilities to give first aid to any employee who is injured or becomes ill at work
  • the level of first aid cover provided remains appropriate for the work environment
  • the level of first aid provision necessary in high risk settings is fully maintained, eg in construction, agriculture, engineering and chemicals

Can I volunteer to be a first aider?

In order to maximise our available first aiders in our buildings while we are working flexibly in response to the Covid-19 situation, staff with a first aid qualification through outside organisations (sports clubs, St John's Ambulance etc) can volunteer to offer first aid support.

If you want to volunteer and haven't had council first aid training, please:

  • add your name to the white board in your building each morning
  • scan in a copy of your first aid certificate and send it to the Health & Safety team at so that we have a record of the training you've received.

Covid-19 guidance for first aiders

The Health, Safety & Wellbeing team have put together some new guidance for first aiders during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The guidance sets out how they can administer first aid, and in particular CPR, whilst keeping as safe as possible, and incorporates advice from:

  • the government’s first responders guidance
  • St John's Ambulance
  • the Resuscitation Council.

View the Covid-19 guidance for first aiders.

Legal indemnity – please note that the council's existing Employers’ Liability and Public Liability Insurance will indemnify (on council property) qualified first aiders, whether trained by the council or an outside body while acting within the scope of their duties and training as first aiders for employees, service users, pupils, members of the public etc, on behalf of the council.