What is First Aid Training?
First aid training will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide immediate and appropriate assistance in medical emergencies. First aid training is a vital component of being prepared for an emergency and it plays a crucial role in saving lives and reducing the severity of injuries.
What Will I learn on a First Aid Training course?
First aid training comes in different forms, depending on what you need:
Emergency First Aid at Work
This is a 1-day course that on successful completion, will give you an accredited qualification for you to be an 'Emergency First Aider in the Workplace'. This course is designed for those who work in low-risk environments such as offices and shops.
You will learn how to respond to a range of emergencies that might occur whilst at work including:
- How to administer CPR and to use an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)
- How to administer first aid to someone who is choking
- How to administer first aid to someone who is wounded or bleeding
- How to administer appropriate first aid for minor injuries such as minor burns and scalds, cuts and grazes
First Aid at Work
This is a 3-day course. You will receive an accredited qualification and be a qualified First Aider. This course is aimed at more high-risk environments or large organisations. Construction is an example of an environment where the First Aid at Work qualification would be appropriate.
On top of what is covered on the Emergency First Aid at Work, you will also learn treatment for a variety of injuries and medical conditions:
- Hypothermia or heat exhaustion
- Injury to a bone muscle or joint
- How to help if someone is having a seizure
- How to help if someone is having a severe allergic reaction
- How to assess and monitor a casualty
First Aid Certificate Renewal
This is a 2-day refresher course that will renew your First Aid at Work qualification. A refresher needs to be completed every 3 years before the expiry date, or you will no longer be qualified as a First Aider.
The refresher training will update your knowledge and practical skills in dealing with a variety of incidents and injuries.
Who should attend a First Aid Training course?
As a minimum, you need to have an appointed person in the workplace to take charge of any emergency situation that occurs in the workplace. The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure if an employee requires medical attention, they receive it immediately.
What is considered 'adequate and appropriate' will vary within workplaces.
If you work in a high-risk environment, you will need qualified First Aiders in your workplace. If you work in a low-risk environment, after a risk assessment of your work place it may be decided that only Emergency First Aid would be appropriate.
Emergency First Aid at Work - 1-day course
First Aid at Work - 3-day course
First Aid Certificate Renewal - 2-day course
There are no entry requirements for first aid courses. However, there are practical elements of the course including the use of a CPR dummy.