Health & Safety

Please find to the right all the guidance notes to help manage risk assessment and general health & safety at your Group.  For sight of the H&S Policy, First Aid Policy and RIDDOR Reporting please go to the Policies Page.


Reviewed 08.02.21

The HSE has released a statement that is supported by the First Aid Awarding Organisations Forum. This details the guidance for the extension of validity for workplace first aid qualifications effectively extending the validity of certificates expiring on or after 16th March 2020 to 31st October 2020 across the whole of the UK.

The HSE’s latest statement on First Aid qualification extensions is below

  • First Aid at Work (FAW) and Emergency First aid at Work (EFAW) certificates requalification
  • First aid providers have resumed first aid training and assessment. In some cases, there remains a back log or limited availability.
  • FAW or EFAW certificates that expired after 16 March 2020 can remain valid until 31 October 2020 or 6 months from date of expiry, whichever is later. All requalification training for these certificates should be completed by 31 March 2021.

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 their particular work environment
  • The level of first aid provision necessary in high risk settings is fully maintained, eg in construction, agriculture, engineering and chemicals

This guidance now applies to employers in England, Scotland and Wales.

Full details on HSE Page:

First Aid Provider

RDA has formed a partnership with First Aid Training Co-operative & Medi-K Training. 

First Aid Training Co-operative & Medi-K training will be offering first aid course to RDA groups across the UK, they are tailored and specific to the potential situations volunteers may find themselves having to deal with, especially in an equestrian environment. The course will also provide attendees with a nationally recognised First Aid qualification. This is something that some coaches are required to achieve to undertake certain awards/qualifications.

Please download the latest information from First Aid Training Co-operative & Medi-K, to the right of this page, with details of delivery of training,and information on how to book in your area

To find out more, please call 07585 723763 or email

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