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First Aid at Work

These courses are the national standard for first aid. They comply with Health and Safety (First Aid), 1981, approved Code of Practice L74, 1st October, 2013.

The courses are:-

  • First Aid at Work Initial
  • First Aid at Work Refresher
  • Emergency First Aid at Work
  • Half Day Annual Refresher

The content of each of these courses is designed to be specific to the risks most likely to be encountered within the workplace concerned. The courses are highly interactive, with in-depth analysis of common issues, giving everyone hands-on training. There is ample practice time for the skill stations, such as CPR and anaphylaxis. When applicable, the courses can include paediatric first aid to meet the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage, 2014.

The Health and Safety Executive state that:- “When selecting someone to take up the role of a first-aider, a number of factors need to be taken into account, including an individual’s:

  • reliability, disposition and communication skills;
  • aptitude and ability to absorb new knowledge and learn new skills;
  • ability to cope with stressful and physically demanding emergency procedures;
  • normal duties, which should be such that they may be able to respond immediately and rapidly to an emergency.

All First Aid at Work courses are ratified by a practice scenario where you have a patient to assess and manage appropriately (a moulage).

First Aid at Work Initial

The First Aid at Work initial course is for people intending to act as a First Aider at Work. The course is designed to provide the skills necessary to diagnose and treat common injuries or illnesses, and to give life support, at the same time as maintaining the care and comfort of the casualty.

18 hours of informative and practical training over three days; 9.00 am until 4.00 pm each day. The main subject areas are:

  • Anaphylaxis (serious allergic reactions)
  • Asthma
  • Burns
  • Choking
  • Communication (Ambulance Service)
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) including AED
  • Diabetes
  • Drowning
  • Fainting
  • Fitting
  • Head injury
  • Heart attacks
  • History taking
  • Limb trauma
  • Minor injuries
  • Multiple injuries
  • Serious bleeding
  • Stroke

There are four practical sessions over the three days.

At the end of this three day course you should receive a First Aid at Work Certificate, to comply with Health and Safety (First Aid), 1981, approved Code of Practice L74, 1st October, 2013, which is valid for three years.

First Aid at Work Refresher

This course is the refresher for the First Aid at Work course, and requires an in-date First Aid at Work Certificate, to be eligible to attend. It is 12 hours of informative and interactive training over two days; 9.00 am until 4.00 pm. each day. The course covers all of the subjects in the First Aid at Work Initial Course and refreshes the students’ knowledge and confidence.

At the end of this two day refresher course you should receive a First Aid at Work Certificate, to comply with Health and Safety (First Aid), 1981, approved Code of Practice L74, 1st October, 2013, which is valid for three years.

Emergency First Aid at Work

This is a short first aid course for people in workplaces where there are less than 25 people on site.

6 hours over one day; usually 9.00 a.m. until 4.00 p.m.

The course covers the following core subjects –

  • calling for help
  • cardio pulmonary resuscitation
  • unconsciousness
  • bleeding (both minor and serious)
  • choking
  • fitting
  • burns

Other subject matter can be included dependent upon the risk assessment.

At the end of this one day course you should receive an Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate, to comply with Health and Safety (First Aid), 1981, approved Code of Practice L74, 1st October, 2013, which is valid for three years.

Annual Half-Day Refresher

“HSE strongly recommends that first-aiders undertake annual refresher training during any three-year FAW/EFAW certification period. Although not mandatory, this will help qualified first-aiders maintain their basic skills and keep up-to-date with any changes to first- aid procedures. Appendix 7 contains suggested course content for annual refresher training, although HSE does not specify the design of these courses.”

The course covers the following core subjects –

  • Assess the situation and circumstances in order to act safely, promptly and effectively in an emergency.
  • Administer first aid to a casualty who is unconscious (including seizure).
  • Administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
  • Administer first aid to a casualty who is wounded and bleeding.
  • Administer first aid to a casualty who is suffering from shock.

3 hours over a morning or afternoon

There is no certificate issued for this course, however, the EFAW/FAW certificate can be annotated to confirm attendance, or a record kept of attendance.