First Aid

We offer both Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) and First Aid at Work (FAW) courses, which are currently the only two approved First Aid in the Workplace qualifications.

It is an employer’s responsibility to have sufficient qualified first aiders to cope with any problems and emergencies. Both these courses ensure that employers can provide staff with “adequate and appropriate” first aid as required in the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981.

It is recommended that employers assess their first aid needs by initially identifying specific hazards at work and ensuring that sufficient first aid equipment, facilities and personnel are available to deal with the possible consequences.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recommends considering these factors when assessing first aid needs:

  • Nature of the work and workplace hazards and risks
  • Size of the organisation
  • Nature of the workforce
  • Organisation’s history of accidents
  • Needs of travelling, remote and lone workers
  • Work patterns
  • Distribution of the workforce
  • Remoteness of the site from emergency medical services
  • Employees working on shared or multi-occupied sites
  • Annual leave and other absences of first-aiders and appointed persons
  • First-aid provision for non-employees

Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW)

This qualification is obtained after successfully completing a one day course and meets the legal obligations of small, low-risk companies for the provision of first aid in emergencies. Attendees will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and confidence to administer the right treatment effectively and efficiently in a range of emergencies where every moment counts. After completing the course, learners will be able to demonstrate practical and safe first aid in a variety of potentially life-threatening situations.

The EFAW course covers:

  • Understanding the role and responsibility of a first aider
  • Be able to assess an incident
  • Be able to manage an unresponsive casualty who is not breathing normally
  • Basic use of an AED (automated external defibrillator)
  • Recognise and assist a casualty who is choking
  • Manage a casualty who is wounded and bleeding
  • Manage a casualty who is in shock
  • Understand how to manage a casualty with a minor injury

The course is assessed through practical assessment and a multiple choice exam.

First Aid at Work (FAW)

This is a three-day course providing a full set of practical skills It is designed to larger organisations and those working in potentially more hazardous situations, such as construction and engineering.

It is a very practical course and attendees are expected to take an active role in their own learning, including playing the part of casualties.

This course covers how to deal with a wide range of situations, including:

  • The role of the first aider
  • Managing an emergency
  • Communication and casualty care
  • Bleeding
  • Burns
  • Eye Injuries
  • Head Injuries
  • Poisoning
  • Shock and
  • Stroke
  • And much more

Successful completion of the course is based on continuous assessment and written assignments.