6 Hour Emergency First Aid at Work Course
The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1982 require you to provide adequate and appropriate first-aid equipment, facilities and people so your employees can be given immediate help if they are injured or taken ill at work.
What is ‘adequate and appropriate’ will depend on the circumstances in your workplace and you should assess what your first-aid needs are.
The minimum first-aid provision on any work site is:
- a suitably stocked first-aid box.
- an appointed person to take charge of first-aid arrangements.
- information for employees about first-aid arrangements.
It is important to remember that accidents and illness can happen at any time. First-aid provision needs to be available at all times people are at work.
On completion of training, successful candidates should be able to:
- understand the role of the first-aider including reference to:
- – the importance of preventing cross infection;
- – the need for recording incidents and actions;
- – use of available equipment;
- 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 choking;
- administer first-aid to a casualty who is wounded and bleeding;
- administer first-aid to a casualty who is suffering from shock;
- provide appropriate first-aid for minor injuries (including small cuts, grazes and bruises, minor burns and scalds, small splinters)
EFAW certificates are valid for three years. Up to three months before the expiry date, the first-aider can undertake another EFAW course. The new certificate will then be dated from that expiry date. If retraining has not been undertaken during this time, it should be completed within 28 days beyond the expiry date. A new certificate issued during this extension period should be dated from the expiry date of the previous one.
A maximum of 12 students can be accommodated on this course.
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Suggested numbers of first-aid personnel to be available at all times people are at work
|From your risk assessment,
what degree of hazard is associated
with your work activities?
|How many employees do you have?
||What first-aid personnel do you need?
e.g. offices, shops, libraries
|Less than 25
||At least one appointed person
|25 – 50
||At least one first-aider trained in EFAW
| More than 50
|| At least one first-aider trained in FAW for every 100 employed (or part thereof)
e.g. light engineering and assembly work, food processing, warehousing, extensive work with dangerous machinery or sharp instruments, construction, chemical manufacture
|Less than 5
||At least one appointed person
|| At least one first-aider trained in EFAW or FAW depending on the type of injuries that might occur
|More than 50
|| At least one first-aider trained in FAW for every 50 employed (or part thereof)
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