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.


£65 + VAT

per person


EFAW courses should contain at least six contact hours. ‘Contact hours’ refer to teaching and practical time and do not include lunch and breaks etc. The course is run over a minimum of one day. However, it can be run over a longer period, not exceeding four weeks, where each session lasts at least two hours.

Course Content

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.


The qualification can be delivered in your establishment subject to a pre-course assessment of the training venue. This is to assist with making the training more efficient and less travelling requirements for yourself for the course. We can also organise training venues and this would be added on to the overall cost for the training.

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?
Low hazard
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)
Higher hazard
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
 5-50  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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