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

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 anyone who meets the following criteria will qualify for a three-month extension and can continue to deliver first aid:

  • you hold a First Aid at Work (FAW) or Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) certificate that expires on or after the 16 March 2020
  • you cannot access requalification training because of coronavirus.

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.