As of the 1st of April 2021, all candidates applying to attend an SIA licensed-linked qualification that is awarded by an approved Awarding Organisation, such as (Door Supervision, CCTV or Security Officer) must produce, as a minimum, a valid Level 3 Emergency First Aid certificate (1 day course), with a minimum of 12 months before the certificate expires.
Other First Aid qualifications such as a Level 3 First Aid at Work Certificate, Level 4 First Person on Scene (FPOS) are also acceptable, providing they also have a minimum of 12 months before certificate expires.
Where candidates are bringing a First Aid certificate as proof of competence, it shall be the training centres legal responsibility to validate these in line with the HSE guidance document guide, as stated by the HSE.
Do the certificates issued to students assessed as competent, contain the name of the training organisation, the title of the qualification (e.g. FAW or EFAW), reference the Health and Safety (First- Aid) Regulations 1981, the date of issue and confirmation the certificate is valid for three years? (If training is neither FAW nor EFAW the certificate should also list the learning outcomes of the syllabus on which the candidates have been assessed).
The Security Indursty Authority have advised all approved Awarding Organisations that the first aid delivery should be completed before the licenced linked qualification begins.
The SIA have also informed all approved awarding organisations that ‘no award or certification in Security’ will be issued until this aspect is evidenced appropriately by the approved training provider.
Current SIA License Holders
All other currently SIA licensed security operatives will be required to undergo a first aid course and gain certification before carrying out a SIA licence renewal for their security licenses and again they must have a minimum of 12 months before the first aid certificate expires.
Scottish Government’s commitment to CPR training
In 2015 in Scotland the Scottish Government initiated a ‘Save a Life for Scotland’ campaign which committed to ensuring more people are trained in CPR/First Aid and a figure of 500,000 was previously set.
Bystanders performed CPR on 64% of people who suffered a cardiac arrest outside of hospital last year, a record figure.
These figures are for Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA).
Approximately 3,500 people undergo attempted resuscitation each year after OHCA, but currently only around 1 in 20 survive to hospital discharge.
Data Linkage Project: 2018/19 which also showed that, for the first time, more than one person in ten who suffers a cardiac arrest outside of hospital is surviving and leaving hospital.
The 64% figure is a significant increase on the 41% figure in 2015 when Scotland’s Strategy for OHCA was launched, and when the survival rate was one in 20 rather than one in ten.
Welcoming publication of the report Public Health Minister Joe FitzPatrick said:
“The fact that a higher proportion of people who suffer a cardiac arrest are able to go home to family and friends is excellent news and the fact that more people are equipped with the skills and confidence to help others bodes well for the future.
“Swiftly starting CPR can increase the likelihood of survival after cardiac arrest by two or three times so increasing the number of bystanders who can perform CPR is vitally important. That is why I am delighted that the Save a Life for Scotland partnership has successfully equipped more than half a million people with CPR skills a year earlier than planned, through training and events across the country.
“I thank all of those involved for their tremendous efforts in delivering the aims of the strategy and allowing many people to live for longer.”