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First Aid At Work Training
First aid is a legal business requirement. The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. These Regulations apply to all workplaces including those with less than five employees and to the self-employed.
One of the first steps would be onducting a first aid needs assessment. This 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.
There is no requirement for the assessment of first aid needs to be formal or written down although it may be useful for employers to record the results and employers might need to justify their level of first-aid provision.
How much first-aid provision an employer has to make depends on the circumstances of each workplace.
- the nature of the work and workplace hazards and risks
- the size of the organisation
- the nature of the workforce e.g. are there any employees with disabilities or particular health problems?
- the organisation's history of accidents
- the needs of travelling, remote and lone workers
- work patterns
- 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 and appointed person
- first-aid provision for non-employees
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Types of courses available
Emergency First Aid At Work
A 1 day course that covers Primary care for a patient as well as an overview of some common secondary care skills. The EFAW, Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) course is a meets the HSE requirements for EFAW the HSE First Aid at Work Regulations for lower risk working environments
- Acting safely, Promptly and Effectively in an Emergency
- Treating and Unconscious Casualty
- Choking Wounds and Serious Bleeding
- Shock Prevention of Cross Contamination
- Introduction to Legislation management
First Aid At Work
The First Aid at Work (FAW) course is a 3 day program that covers Primary and Secondary patient care as well as industry related and/or specific injuries and illnesses. This course meets the HSE requirements for higher risk work environments as part of the HSE First Aid at Work Regulations.
- Primary Care skills including
- Serious bleeding
- Shock management
- Spinal Injury management
- Secondary Care skills including
- Illness assessment
- Injury assessments
- Bandaging and secondary patient care
- Additional industry related training includes
- Burns management and electrical injuries
- additional specific injury care
- Physiology with respect to life support skills
- Industrial regulations and current HSE requirements including COSHH, and FAAW