First Aid at Work

Instructor-led – 3 day course

‘First Aid at Work’ is an advance level course suitable for employees who have been nominated as First-aiders for their workplace, to comply with the requirements of the Health and Safety Executive [HSE], where the workplace is classified as a ‘medium to high risk’ hazardous environment [*N.B. see below First Aid – Employers’ legal responsibility].

In particular this course is ideal for hazardous workplace environments, e.g. warehousing, transport, vehicle movements, working at heights, chemical plants, construction, manufacturing, remote working [or higher risk retail]; or where your needs assessment identifies a requirement to provide additional first aid training needs including the recognition and treatment of a wider range of conditions.

This course would be the default First Aid qualification for those working in any of the following higher risk environments:

Course format: This intensive course requires 18 hours ‘direct contact training’ [i.e. excluding breaks and lunch time]. It is usually delivered in a three six hour day format, but can also be delivered in other non-consecutive formats [although the sessions must be closely scheduled].

Course aims: This intensive introductory course will provide workplace First-aiders with a wide range of knowledge and skills to enable them to; assess the situation and circumstances in order to act safely, and to promptly provide effective emergency First Aid to a casualty [or casualties] to prevent the situation from worsening and promote recovery.

Assessment and course certification: Following ongoing assessment by the tutor and having undergone a final appraisal by way of a formal assessment process, upon successful completion of the course each participant will receive a First Aid at Work Certificate, which is valid for three years from the date of issue.

First Aid at Work Certificate holders, who want to renew their certificate, without needing to undertake a full repeat 18 hour [3 day] course, can do so by attending an approved 2-day refresher course, before or close to the expiry date of their certificate.

Annual Refresher: Although the Health and Safety Executive [HSE] recognize the First Aid at Work course as being valid for three years, in terms of ‘best practice’ the HSE highly recommends First-aiders attend an annual re-fresher course.

Prerequisites: The only pre-conditions for delegates attending this course, are the delegates’ fitness to participate [see note below] and for them to have a keen interest in becoming a First-aider.

However, you may have previously undergone some form of elementary introductory First Aid. This is usually achieved by their having attended a (4 hour) Emergency Life Support course [sometimes referred to as an Appointed Person course] and/or the one day Emergency First Aid at Work course, or perhaps some basic online training.