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Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) Course

HSE First Aid at Work Courses

The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work.

Employers are required to carry out an assessment of first-aid needs. This involves consideration of workplace hazards and risks, the size of the organisation and other relevant factors, to determine what first-aid equipment, facilities and personnel should be provided.

If you have identified that first-aiders are needed in your workplace, they must have a valid certificate of competence in FAW or emergency first aid at work (EFAW). EFAW training enables a first-aider to give emergency first aid to someone who is injured or becomes ill while at work. FAW training includes EFAW and also equips the first-aider to apply first aid to a range of specific injuries and illnesses. The findings of the first-aid needs assessment can help you decide whether your first-aiders should be trained in FAW or EFAW.

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Course Length

One day

Course Content
  • Role of the First Aider in the workplace
  • Action in an emergency
  • The unconscious casualty and the recovery position
  • Introduction to the respiratory and circulatory systems
  • CPR
  • Choking
  • Wounds and bleeding
  • Shock
  • Fainting
  • Minor injuries
  • First aid boxes
  • Recording accidents in the workplace

There is no formal assessment for this course; general assessment of practical skills is continuous throughout the day