Green Box's Approach to COVID-19


We are now back and training face to face and it's great to be in the training room. We have a done a full risk assessment of our operational procedures and we are confident that we are exceeding the governments advice and the guidelines set out by our certifying body. 

We want you and your team to be confident that you and they are safe on our courses and every possible thing has been done to ensure that. Please see the information below or give us a call to discuss.

If you require our full risk assessment please just ask.

Future Bookings

  • If we cannot carry out your booking because of COVID-19 or any lockdown effecting it we will move your booking to a convenient date for you free of charge or offer you a full refund.

New Course Procedures

  • Before each course every person joining will need to answer a health screening questionnaire.

  • We will take your temperature with a non-contact thermometer - anyone with a temperature of above 37.8 degrees will be asked to leave. ( WHO recommendation.)

  • We will be providing alcohol gel for all - this must be used during the course

  • We will be providing non surgical face masks, these must be worn when you are doing close practical work. You are free to wear your own face mask if suitable. 

  • We will issue you a pack on arrival with your individual items for the day.

  • We will give you your own equipment where ever possible, any shared equipment will be sanitised between use.

  • Our courses are now paperless (apart from a signature for track and trace). We will need you to do all paperwork online, a smart phone will be suitable for this.

  • All practical work has been adapted to ensure you can do it complying to social distancing recommendations.

  • Any room that you supply for training must be big enough to maintain social distancing. We may have to ask that you reduce the size of the group if the room doesn't meet this.

  • You must bring your own, food, drink and refreshments to the course.

Equipment Hygiene

Our equipment always has been, top of the range and we are totally obsessed with it's cleanliness. If you have been on one of our courses you will know how seriously we take hygiene. Here is how we do it.

  • Every evening the equipment is cleaned with Milton Fluid.

  • Each week the equipment is stripped examined and deep cleaned.

  • We will leave the manakins stripped down so you can see the new parts being fitted for each course.

  • We will soak the faces (you each have your own) in-between use on the course and the chests will be sprayed and wiped with Milton.

  • You will supply gloves for use whilst using any equipment or you can sanitise your hands before and after.

  • We will supply you with new, sealed bandages for practical sessions which will be only used on yourself, then disposed of.

What happens if you can't renew your qualification because of the suspension of training?

It's OK -  the HSE has announced an extension to the validity for all certificates coming up for renewal on or after 16th March during the current Covid crisis. You must do your requalification by the end of September though!

The Department for Education has introduced the same extension for all Paediatric First Aid certificates.


As you would expect - Green Box will keep you up to date on the latest information regarding certificate validity during this period.


HSE Official Statement

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is aware that people holding Offshore Medic (OM), Offshore First Aid (OFA), First Aid at Work (FAW) or Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) certificates nearing expiry date, might experience disruption to access to requalification training as a result of events or circumstances generated by the coronavirus pandemic.

HSE’s current guidance on the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981: and the Offshore Installations and Pipeline Works (First-Aid) Regulations 1989 is that those holding an OM, OFA, FAW or EFAW qualification should undertake retraining before their original certificate expires and HSE strongly recommends that  employers, and individuals holding those qualifications should plan for requalification training well in advance of expiry dates.     

If however requalification training is prevented for reasons associated directly with coronavirus or by complying with related government advice, it is reasonable and practical to extend the validity of current certificates by up to 3 months.  Anyone taking advantage of this extension should be able to describe clearly their reasons for delaying requalification training, and demonstrate steps they have taken to undertake the training, if required.

This guidance comes into effect for certificates expiring on or after 16th March 2020. HSE will review this matter over the coming months and will issue further statements as necessary.

Contact us: Tel 0330 311 0799 email

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Windsor, Berkshire

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