**This guidance is subject to change. Please contact your training provider in the first instance**.
Following the World Health Organisation's declaration of Covid-19 as a global pandemic on 12th March 2020, our guidelines have been updated as follows.
Certificates for Basic Safety Training (BST) modules (Manual Handling, First Aid, Working at Heights, Fire Awareness and Sea Survival), Advanced Rescue Training (ART) or Enhanced First Aid (EFA), potentially may lapse due to travel restrictions impacting planned refresher training.
In addition to travel restrictions imposed by government, we also extend our guidance to persons who seek to avoid contributing to increased transmission of COVID-19 while refreshing GWO basic safety training, can follow the guidance below in order to extend the validity of their certificate.
GWO is taking this step in the spirit of a shared responsibility for our global society and as a measure to avoid transmission when possible.
REFRESHER PERIOD: GUIDANCE FOR ALL GWO TRAINING PROVIDERS AND PARTICIPANTS.
GWO has agreed to allow as a temporary measure until 31 December 2020 that:
- GWO standards state that participants who allow their certificate/record to expire must attend the full module(s) in order to obtain a new record (See Note 1). However, during this time and until further notice, participants unable to refresh previous training within the 24 month validity period due to travel restrictions, are granted an option to take the planned refresher training rather than having to take the full training.
- The option to refresh 60 days after expiry is applicable for all participants, regardless of location.
- Training Providers offering the refresher training under this exemption can contact GWO for further clarification.
- Source: Basic Safety Training Standard v13 5.7‘Validity Period’; Advanced Rescue Training Standard v1 5.8 ‘Validity Period’; Enhanced First Aid Standard v1 5.6 ‘Validity Period’
- “Affected Countries or Regions” – Must be listed on the International SOS travel restrictions, flights, operations and screening web site, as having ‘internal restrictions’. Reference Source: https://pandemic.internationalsos.com/2019-ncov/ncov-travel-restrictions-flight-operations-and-screening