REPs First Aid and CPR Policy

Please Note: For more information on delivery of CPR in a COVID-19 environment please refer to the ExerciseNZ COVID-19 Framework available as a downloadable resource: click here. 

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 summary: 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 details below.

Background

In New Zealand, first aid is most commonly matched to unit standards administered by the NZQA.

While first aid providers use a range of names for their first aid certifications, to make things clear, the unit standards common groupings are:

  • Unit standard groupings – 6400/6401/6402 and 6401/6402

(The previous unit standard grouping was 26551 and 26552)

REPs First Aid/CPR Requirements

1. 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 equivalent).

Note: In addition to the REPs requirements, we recommend 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 injuries to an individual client, then they also hold unit standard 6400 (in addition to the 6401/6402 grouping).  Unit standard 6400 applies to the management/control of a multiple injury/accident incident.

IMPORTANT – The exercise professional determines based on the activities they undertake with clients as to whether they require this additional 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 requirements 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 medical 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 review all risks, and undertake all steps to ensure they are eliminated, or managed.

First Aid/CPR Scenarios/Examples:

Personal Trainers & Exercise Consultants

Note: As the majority of REPs Registered Personal Trainers operate 1 on 1 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 equivalent).

  1. A personal trainer operating small group training in a park is required to hold unit standards 6401 and 6402 (or equivalent), and it would be very likely that they would also hold unit standard 6400.
  2. 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 the WorkSafe NZ definition) is required to manage the first aid needs of all staff and visitors to the workplace.

Group Exercise Instructor or Yoga Teacher

  1. If you are operating group exercise classes or yoga sessions ONLY within the premises of a REPs Registered Exercise Facility, you are only required to hold a CPR certificate. This is because the REPs Registered Exercise Facility (a workplace under WorkSafe NZ definition) is required by to manage the first aid needs of all staff and visitors to the workplace.
  2. If you are operating group exercise classes or yoga sessions in a school hall, you are required to hold a first aid certificate covering unit standards 6401 and 6402 (or equivalent). 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.

2. 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.

You can also check the WorkSafe New Zealand General Risk and Workplace Management Interpretive Guidelines July 2016 at this link