First Aid at Work (FAW)
Three Day Course
This three day course, designed for those companies who have carried out a risk assessment and have decided first aiders ARE required, offers a basic curriculum in a range of first aid competencies needed in a workplace, giving students the ability to administer first aid safely, promptly and effectively to a casualty.
It includes training in how to:
- Assess the situation and circumstances in order to act safely, promptly and effectively in the event of an emergency
- Administer first aid to a casualty who is unconscious
- Administer CPR (Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation)
- Administer first aid to a casualty:
- Who is choking
- Who is wounded and bleeding
- Who is suffering from shock
- With burns and scalds
- With injuries to bones, muscles and joints including spinal injuries
- With eye injuries
- With sudden poisoning
- In anaphylactic shock
- Recognise the presence of major illness and provide appropriate first aid
Students will also gain the ability to maintain simple factual records (according to RIDDOR) and provide written information to a doctor or hospital if required. They will also gain knowledge on the importance of:
- Personal hygiene in first aid procedures
- The legal framework of first aid provision at work
- The use of first aid equipment provided in the workplace
- The role of first aiders in emergency procedures
Successful candidates will be able to act as first aiders in the work place.
Candidates will be assessed in written and practical format by qualified assessors. The certificate will be valid for 3 years, after which time candidates will need to re-train so that they can maintain their competence. Refresher training is, however, recommended annually by the HSE.