First Aid

Approved courses for employers; community groups; & individuals learning first aid skills for personal reasons.

People at work can suffer injuries or be taken ill. It doesn’t matter whether the injury or illness is caused by the work they do or not, it is important to give them immediate attention and call an ambulance in serious cases. You should make arrangements to ensure this happens. It can save lives and prevent minor injuries becoming major ones.

The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 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 kit;
  • 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. Provision for first aid needs to be available at all times people are at work.

A first-aider is someone who has done training appropriate to the level identified in the needs assessment. This may be:

  • first aid at work (FAW);
  • or emergency first aid at work (EFAW);
  • or some other first-aid training appropriate to the particular circumstances of your workplace, for example paediatric first aid (PFAW).

These qualifications must be updated at least every three years.

We offer a flexible approach to providing accredited courses. These can be done in house, subject to a minimum number, or open courses which individuals can enrol on. These can be full day or half day as long as they match the required leaning hours for the specific qualification. We also offer Appointed Person courses as well as Annual Refresher, both half day courses.


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