Please find below the latest update from HSE.

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With an increased use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the current climate, there is the potential for workers to develop allergic reactions to items containing Latex.

Latex allergy most commonly manifests itself as localised urticaria, however other symptoms include allergic rhinoconjunctivitis, asthma and rarely, anaphylaxis.

For more free information and guidance about managing the health risks posed by exposure to latest please visit the HSE website.

HSE publish updated guidance for extensions to first aid and other related qualification certificates during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Summary:


  • First Aid at work (FAW) and Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) certificates expiring on or after 16th March 2020 can be extended until 31st October, or 6 months from expiry date, whichever is later. Criteria set out in the guidance must be met to qualify for an extension.  All requalification training for these certificates must be completed by 31st March 2021.
  • Offshore Medic (OM) and Offshore First Aid (OFA) certificates can be extended until 31st October 2020 only.
  • Flexibilities previously allowed in Scotland and Wales have now ended, (as lockdown restrictions are now more frequently targeted at specific geographical areas rather than nations), and the updated guidance will apply to all of GB.