First Aid

First aid Training

The new First Aid at Work Guidelines for Employers from the Health and Safety Executive are effective from 1st October 2009.  The new type of first aid needs assessment will identify what type of first aid training your first aiders will need, how many first aiders you need and where they should be located.

A First Aid Needs Assessment should consider the following topics:

  • the nature of the work, the hazards and the risks
  • the nature of the workforce
  • the organisation’s history of accidents and illness
  • the needs of travelling, remote and lone workers
  • work patterns such as shift work
  • the distribution of the workforce
  • the remoteness of the site from emergency medical services
  • employees working on shared or multi-occupied sites
  • annual leave and other absences of first aiders
  • first-aid provision for non-employees
  • the size of the organisation

One reason for this exercise is to ensure that you provide the correct type of first aider(s). There are now two levels of workplace first aider:

  • Emergency First Aider at Work (EFAW) – Maximum 6 hour course
  • First Aider at Work (FAW) – Maximum 18 hour course.

You should ensure that your first aiders are trained to deal with the injuries and illness that could occur.

What Emergencies are First Aiders Trained to Deal With?

EFAW = Emergency First Aid at Work (6 hour course)
FAW = First Aid at Work (18 hour course)

EFAW
6 Hours

FAW
18 hours

Acting safely, promptly and effectively in an emergency

yes

yes

Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

yes

yes

Treating an unconscious casualty (including seizure)

yes

yes

Choking

yes

yes

Wounds and bleeding

yes

yes

Shock

yes

yes

Minor injuries

yes

yes

Preventing cross infection, recording incidents and actions and the use of available equipment

yes

yes

Fractures

 

yes

Sprains and strains

 

yes

Spinal injuries

 

yes

Chest injuries

 

yes

Severe burns and scalds

 

yes

Eye injuries

 

yes

Poisoning

 

yes

Anaphylaxis

 

yes

Heart attack

 

yes

Stroke

 

yes

Epilepsy

 

yes

Asthma

 

yes

Diabetes

 

yes

Training Courses available

Below is a list of courses that we currently offer. Click on each one for more information and details on how to enroll.

First Aid