During these uncertain times, it’s easy tolose track of training; especially if you have members of staff on furlough or doing different jobs within the business.

The HSE has stated that first aid training required to comply with health and safety, or other legislation must continue to take place as long as all requirements are met regarding current restrictions and the training is required as part of the work or operation of the business.

Fencing & Construction Training (FaCT) is urging everyone to check their first aid training is up-to-date and current, as there have been many changes to guidance over the last couple of years. While many courses have been able to be delivered online, first aid is a practical course and must remain as classroom based and as a result certification may have lapsed.

FaCT can now deliver both the one-day Emergency First Aid training, the three-day FirstAid at Work and the two-day refresher course. They are running classroom-based courses at their sites in Birmingham and Redditch as well as client-based courses. FaCT has been approved to deliver these courses in a COVID-19 secure way in line with the HSE guidelines.

Tim Drew, FaCT’s MD said “Two of our trainers are now HSE licensed first aid trainers and have been trained to deliver First Aid Training in a COVID secure environment. We are limiting our course numbers to 6 to ensure safe social distancing and secure delivery. We have currently scheduled a course every month but can add more as demand is increasing and we can deliver at a client’s site subject to the room meeting our COVID-19 safety guidelines for delivery.”

He continued “Figures from HSE for 2019-2020 show 38.8 million working days were lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury and we must all do what we can to reduce this figure. First aid training not only increases safety and saves lives; it helps people feel more confident and secure and promotes a healthy, secure and safer environment – something that we are all working for.”

All FaCT’s open courses are available to book online at www. fctrain.co.uk or call 0121 476 4731 if you would like more information or wish to discuss the option of a trainer coming to your site.

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