REPs First Aid and CPR Policy
REPs First Aid and CPR requirements are minimum requirements as determined by the most common activites undertaken by registered exercise professionals.
Exercise professionals must ensure that the level of First Aid/CPR is appropriate and relevant to the environment and conditions in which they deliver exercise. The specific First Aid/CPR needs of exercise professionals vary considerably depending on factors such as location, activities undertaken, and the number of clients under instruction.
In brief: For exercise professionals operating ONLY within the premises of a REPs Registered Exercise Facility, the requirement is Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification only. For all other professionals, an appropriate first aid certification is required. In addition, REPs has recommendations for how facilities should manage first aid at a workplace level. See detail below.
In New Zealand, first aid is most commonly mapped to unit standards administered by the NZQA. The first aid unit standards have been reviewed in the last few years, and two new first aid unit standards released.
While first Aid providers (St John, Red Cross, HeartSaver etc) use a range of names for their first aid certifications, to make things clear, the unit standards common groupings are:
The new unit standard grouping – 26551 and 26552
The prior unit standard groupings – 6400/6401/6402 and 6401/6402 (both these groups expire December 2015)
1. REPs First Aid/CPR Requirements
a. For REPs Registered Exercise Professionals
- Exercise professionals operating ONLY within the physical premises of a REPs Registered Exercise Facility, are required to hold a Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation certificate only.
- For all other exercise professionals, REPs requires that they hold a First Aid certificate which covers the unit standards 6401 and 6402, or the new unit standards 26551 and 26552.
Note: In addition to the REPs requirements, REPs recommends that for exercise professionals who operate in an environment where they may be exposed to dealing with multiple injuries (to more than one client injury at one time), or multiple injurys to an individual client, then they also hold unit standard 6400 if they have the 6401/6402 grouping. The additional 6400 unit is not required if you hold the two new unit standards 26551 and 26552. Unit standard 6400 applies to the management/control of an injury/accident incident.
IMPORTANT – It is up to the exercise professional to determine themselves based on the activities they undertake with clients as to whether they require this additonal unit standard 6400. Factors to consider include location, activities undertaken, and number of clients under instruction, as well as if you are in a workplace, what support the workplace may be able to offer you and your clients as a part of its health and safety procedures and practices.
In addition to any unit standard based first aid, there may be additional health and safety training needs that an exercise professional needs to undertake if they operate in a specific or unique environment. Examples of this include operating from a location far from any other medical support; clients with unique and special medial needs, or undertaking specific activities that may in themselves have unique risks, and or, health and safety considerations. In all cases, the exercise professional must ensure they undertake a stock date of all of these risks, and have undertaken all steps to ensure they are eliminated, or managed.
First Aid/CPR Scenarios/Examples
Personal Trainers and Exercise Consultants
Note: As the majority of REPs Registered Personal Trainers operate one on one with clients, it is not a regular or common occurrence for them to work with multiple clients at the same time. So the majority are only required to hold unit standards 6401 and 6402, or 26551 and 26652.
- A personal trainer operating small group training in a park is required to hold unit standards 26651 and 26652, or 6401 and 6402, and would be very likely that they would also hold unit standard 6400
- A personal trainer operating with one or multiple clients ONLY within the premises of a REPs Registered Exercise Facility. The REPs requirement is CPR only. The reason for this is that the REPs Registered Exercise Facility (a workplace under WorkSafe NZ definition) is required by REPs to manage first aid needs of all staff and visitors to the workplace.
Group Exercise Instructor
- If you are operating group exercise classes ONLY within the premises of a REPs Registered Exercise Facility, then you are only required to hold a CPR certificate. The reason for this is that the REPs Registered Exercise Facility (a workplace under WorkSafe NZ definition) is required by REPs to manage first aid needs of all staff and visitors to the workplace.
- If you are operating group exercise classes in a school hall, then you are required to hold a first aid certificate covering units 26651 and 26652, or 6401 and 6402. It is likely that you would also hold unit standard 6400 in light of the risk of multiple event injuries. You would self determine this need based on the activities you undertake.
b. For REPs Registered Exercise Facilities
Facilities must always ensure they provide adequate first aid cover for their staff and customers.
REPs Registered Exercise Facilities (a workplace under WorkSafe NZ’s definition) are required to manage the first aid needs of all staff and visitors to the workplace.
Further information on best practice for first aid are available from WorkSafe New Zealand in a guide called First Aid for Workplaces – a Good Practice Guide.