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A summary from the Resus Council (UK) of their 2015 updated guidance on the use of AED and Basic Life Support.



NIS First Aid to provide First Aid cover for the Why Not Run event at Farringtons School

We are pleased to announce that NIS First Aid will be providing First Aid cover for the Why Not Run Event at Farrington’s School on Sunday 11th May 2014.

Why Not Run is a Charity Fun Run for all the family and for all ages and abilities, which raises money for local children’s and young people’s charities. It is held in the grounds of Farringtons School in Chislehurst, Kent.

We are delighted that year’s Why Not Run event will be raising funds for The Ben Daniels Memorial Fund ( in association with CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young).

Ben tragically died in 2011 from an undiagnosed heart condition whilst playing football aged just 15. Ben’s fund raises money to hold screening sessions in the local area to screen as many children and young people as possible.

At least twelve young people die in the UK each week from undiagnosed heart problems, so in addition to raising funds for this fantastic charity, we are also hoping to raise awareness of the importance of having young people screened.

All funds raised from this year’s Why Not Run event will go towards a local screening session to be held in June 2014. Participants aged between 14 and 35 will receive priority booking invitations to this screening.



There has been a significant change to requalification rules. Please see the Guidance, particularly sections 74 – 79. This is the guidance that all employers must adhere to. The L74 Guidance replaces what was known as the Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) and came into effect on 1st October 2013.


Below is an important extract, which may be particularly relevent for your business, for the full details from the HSE, please review this document HSE_L74_guidance_-_October_2013

Certificate validity, requalification and refresher training

  • 74: All first-aid training certificates, whether FAW, EFAW or some other appropriate training, are valid for three years. Employers need to arrange retraining before certificates expire. The FAW requalification course lasts two days and should cover the same content as the initial FAW course (Appendix 5). If the first-aider does not retrain or requalify before the expiry date on their current certificate they are no longer considered competent to act as a first-aider in the workplace. They can requalify at any time after the expiry date by undertaking the two-day requalification course. However, it may be prudent to complete the three-day FAW course, especially where a considerable period – ie in excess of one month – has elapsed since the FAW certificate expired. It is for the employer to decide the most appropriate training course to requalify the first-aider. An EFAW requalification course should be of the same duration and content (Appendix 6) as the initial EFAW course. This has the following implications:
    • Once a certificate has expired, the employee is no longer a First Aider, whereas previously, they still could be within their 28 day grace period.

    If you have any queries regarding this, please contact us.


Andy Littlechild
First Aid, Paediatric First Aid, AED
Medical Emergency Response Trainer (MERT)
H.S.E. and OfQual Recognised Tutor

Tel: 07879 643157