This course is designed for situations where the first aid needs assessment has identified that the first aider will be responsible for a large number of employees and/or the workplace has been designated as high risk.
It is also the course of choice for people simply looking for a comprehensive training course.
The first 6 hours content covers the Emergency First Aid at Work syllabus.
On completion of training, successful candidates will be able to:
- Understand the role of the first aider including reference to:
– the importance of preventing cross infection
– the need for recording incidents and action
– use of available equipment
Assess the situation in order to act safely, promptly and effectively in an emergency
Administer first aid to a casualty who is unconscious (including seizure)
Administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation – CPR
Administer first aid to a casualty who is choking
Administer first aid to a casualty who is wounded and bleeding
Administer first aid to a casualty who is suffering from shock
Provide appropriate first aid for minor injuries (including small cuts, grazes and bruises, small splinters and minor burns and scalds)
A further 12 hours of content covers the First Aid at Work syllabus.
- Administer first aid to a casualty with:
– injuries to bones, muscles and joints, including suspected spinal injuries
– chest injuries
– burns and scalds
– eye injuries
– sudden poisoning
- Recognise the presence of major illness and provide appropriate first aid for:
– heart attack
The FAW component of the course must comprise a minimum of 18 contact hours typically delivered over three days. Current regulations stipulate that the additional industry specific content must be delivered outside of these 18 hours.
A typical FAW course lasts approximately 21 hours i.e. 3 days of 9.30am – 4.30pm (allowing time for breaks).
The 18 hours of the core FAW syllabus need not be delivered in only three days, in fact sessions of a minimum of 2 hours can take place over a period of up to 10 weeks. This allows us the flexibility to deliver courses around your workload and availability.
The certificate is valid for a period of 3 years from the date of issue and can be renewed by completing a 12 hour FAW Revalidation before expiry of the original certificate.
HSE recommends refresher training of a minimum of 3 hours annually.