First Aid is defined as the help given to a sick or injured person until full medical treatment is available. Effective emergency treatment before professional help arrives can go a long way to reducing the effects of illness and injury and indeed save someone’s life. The responsibilities of a First Aider include assessing the situation, protecting from danger, getting help, prioritising treatment and minimising infection risks.
First aid provision must be ‘adequate and appropriate in the circumstances’. This means that in the workplace you must provide sufficient first aid equipment (first aid kit), facilities and personnel at all times. The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) cannot tell you what provision you should make for first aid as every work place is different. The employer is best placed to understand the exact nature of their workplace and a First Aid Needs Assessment must be done to decide the level of First Aid provision.
The First Aid Needs Assessment should consider the circumstances of your workplace, workforce and the hazards and risks that may be present. The findings will help you decide what First Aid arrangements you need to put in place.
Things that employers should consider are:
Nature of the work and workplace hazards and risks
Nature of the workforce
Organisation’s history of accidents
Size of the organisation
Needs of travelling, remote and lone workers
Distribution of the workforce
Remoteness of the site from emergency medical services
Employees working on shared or multi-occupied sites
Annual leave and other absences of first-aiders and appointed persons
First Aid provision for non-employees
Speak to us for further guidance if you are unsure on how much First Aid provision you should make.
After 3 years of the date on the certificate (or within a month of expiry) you can attend a re-qualification course. This covers the same topics as the original course but in a reduced amount of time. There is also a recommended option of attending a short refresher course annually. If you have a qualification gained from a different certifying body we can still re-qualify you as long as we a provided with a copy of your current certificate prior to booking your place on the re-qualification course.
There are two levels of Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recommended First Aid course. Before deciding which level to choose a First Aid Needs Assessment must be carried out. The two levels of HSE recommended First Aid course are:
This short course is for smaller and lower risk workplaces. It covers emergency protocols only and is suitable for nominated First Aiders. The aim of the Emergency First Aid at Work qualification is to enable a candidate to be able to act as an appointed person to take charge of the First Aid arrangements, including looking after the First Aid supplies and calling the emergency services when required. It meets the standards required to help comply with Health and Safety (First aid) regulations.
This course is for larger and higher risk workplaces, the course is longer and covers more topics. The First Aid At Work qualification aims to create a level of competence in First Aid skills for the workplace. This course provides confidence in delivering the practical skills needed by First Aiders in most workplaces. It meets the standards required to help comply with Health and Safety (First aid) regulations.
Understanding the legal framework for First Aid provision at work.
Ability to act safely, promptly and effectively when an emergency arises in the workplace.
Ability to administer Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) promptly and effectively.
Administering First Aid safely, promptly and effectively to a casualty who is unconscious, wounded or bleeding, burned or scalded, suffering from bone injury, muscle injury, joint injury, shock, eye injury, poisoned, or overcome by gas/fumes.
Transporting a casualty to safety as required by the circumstances of the workplace.
Recognition of minor illnesses and taking appropriate action.
Maintaining records and providing written information to a doctor or hospital if required.
Understanding the importance of personal hygiene in First Aid procedures.
Demonstrating the use of First Aid equipment provided in the workplace.
Our courses are certified by the recognised awarding body Safety Training Awards (STA). Safety Training Awards is the awarding organisation name of the Swimming Teachers’ Association, founded in 1932 and the world’s largest independent swimming teaching and lifesaving organisation. STA delivers high quality training across four key business areas – Swimming Teaching, Lifesaving, First Aid and Leisure Management. The objective of STA is ‘the preservation of human life by the teaching of swimming, lifesaving and survival techniques.’
Our trainers are all qualified and validated by Safety Training Awards to undertake all our training courses.
Qualifications Walesis the regulator of non-degree qualifications and the qualifications system in Wales. It is a Welsh Government sponsored body, independent of government, and is accountable to the National Assembly for Wales.
Ofqualis an independent organisation reporting directly to the UK Parliament. They are responsible for the regulation of qualifications, examinations and assessments in England. Ofqual Recognition Number RN5168.
Our courses are assessed by various methods including continuous observation by the trainer and written assessments. There is no longer a requirement for a final practical assessment. The information on specific course pages gives the assessment method used on that particular course.
Candidates will need to have a basic grasp of English. If English is not a first language then please let us know in advance and we will try and accommodate your needs dependant on the time available and the number of people attending the course.
The most common cause for a heart to stop is a ‘heart attack’ (cardiac arrest) and it is usually because it has interrupted the heart’s electrical impulses. Treatment can be given by delivering a controlled electric shock through the heart using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). It is a safe, reliable and computerised device that can analyse heart rhythms and enable a non-medically qualified rescuer to safely deliver the treatment.
The use of a defibrillator can dramatically increase the chances of survival if a casualty’s heart stops beating, but it must be used promptly. For every one minute delay in delivering the shock the chance of survival reduces by up to 10%. The risk of death can be reduced if you have a defibrillator in your workplace and know how to use it.