What First Aid Course Should I Attend?

What is the difference between a First Aid at Work (FAW) and an Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) training course?

Employers must ensure that appropriate first aid training is implemented within the workplace, reflecting the level and nature of risk associated with the business operation and number of employees. It is recommended that an individual can undertake first aid duties at all times when people are at work. Adequate cover should be available to compensate for trained individuals being absent from the workplace.

The First Aid at Work (3 day) course is the most comprehensive of first aid courses that is accredited by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). This course is suitable for larger workplaces and higher risk environments. On successful completion delegates will receive a nationally recognised qualification as a workplace ‘First Aider’.

Emergency First Aid at Work (1 day) is less comprehensive and covers a reduced content compared to the First Aid at Work course. This is ideal for persons in low-risk and smaller workplaces, where a nominated person is required to take charge in the event of illness or accident.

All workplaces should conduct a Risk Assessment in order to assess the risks to the health and safety of their employees while they are at work. Part of this assessment should be to identify first aid requirement based on the level of risk.

The table below shows the difference in the content

Course content

EFAW

(1 day)

FAW

(3 days)

Role of a first aider

ü

ü

How to act in emergency situations

ü

ü

Preventing cross infection

ü

ü

Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for adults

ü

ü

Treating an unconscious casualty

ü

ü

Treatment  for seizure

ü

ü

Choking

ü

ü

Wounds & Bleeding

ü

ü

Shock

ü

ü

Minor injuries (cuts, minor burns, bruises)

ü

ü

First aid equipment and use

ü

ü

Recording accidents

ü

ü

Fractures

ü

Sprains and strains

ü

Spinal injuries

ü

Chest injuries

ü

Head injuries

ü

Eye injuries

ü

Major Burns and scalds

ü

Poisoning

ü

Anaphylaxis

ü

Heart attacks and angina

ü

Stroke

ü

Epilepsy

ü

Asthma

ü

Diabetes

ü