The changes of first aid training in South Africa.

Department of Employment and Labour denies an extension to Notice 682 of 2020.
In a letter received on 17 March 2021, the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) – Chief Inspector for Occupational Health and Safety, Mr Tibor Szana, has denied our Section 40 application letter submitted on 21 January 2021 for the extension of Notice 682 of 2020 for a further 12 months.

This means that as of the 31 March 2021 First Aid Level 1, 2 and 3 will no longer have any legal standing in terms of General Safety Regulation 3.4 for the appointed first aiders in the workplace.

As First Aid Level 1, 2 and 3 standards were issued and approved by the DEL, these courses will cease to exist after 31 March 2021 in terms of the DEL’s Notice 682 of 2020. In terms of workplace requirements, as directed by General Safety Regulation 3.4, any certificates issued for First Aid Level 1, 2 and 3 courses from 1 April 2021 will have no legal standing, as DEL recognised training will be dealt with by the Quality Council for Trades & Occupations (QCTO) or their Quality Assurance Partners (QAPs) (i.e. SETA).

“QCTO/ SETA Accredited & DEL approved” Training Providers.
Current accredited and approved providers can continue, providing only Skills Programmes/ Unit Standard training only, which include:

· US 119567 – Perform basic life support and first aid procedures – replaces first aid level 1.

· US 120496 – Provide risk-based primary emergency care/first aid in the workplace – replaces first aid level 2.

· US 376480 – Provide first aid as an advanced first responder – replaces first aid level 3.

· US 14656 – Demonstrate an understanding of sexuality and sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS.

We are extremely grateful to have the accreditation from both Transport Education Training and Authority (TETA) and DEL to continue with the legally required training as per the occupational Health and Safety Act – General Safety Regulation 3.4.