One day course at HCPA Campus
The Emergency First Aid at Work qualification, which conforms with HSE guidance, provides a comprehensive set of practical skills needed by emergency first aid responders in most workplaces, giving both the ability and knowledge to deal with first aid emergencies.
The qualification meets the requirements for training emergency first-aid responders in those organisations that have identified that staff need to be trained to this level within their first-aid needs assessment. The qualification covers knowledge such as the roles and responsibilities of the emergency first aid responder, how to assess an incident and recognising signs and symptoms of injury. The qualification also covers first aid skills in CPR and use of an AED. In line with guidance provided by the HSE, the qualification supports/approves emergency workplace first aid responders for a period of 3 years, after which point delegates will need to retake the course. Therefore, the qualification is valid for 3 years from the date of award. In addition to this, it is recommended that delegates refresh their knowledge annually.
• Roles and responsibilities of an emergency first aid responder
• Undertake Primary surveys
• Provide appropriate first aid for:
• unresponsive casualties
• external bleeding
• minor injuries
Delegates will undertake theory and practical assessments throughout the duration of the course
It is strongly advised that delegates are physically capable of completing the practical assessment and have a minimum of Level 1 in English to complete the theory assessment.
Having first aid measures in place to deal with potential accidents and incidents at work is an incredibly vital part of your health and safety procedure. Hopefully, some of these skills won’t need to be put into use, but it is essential that first aiders are ready to act in case of either minor injury or emergency. First aid regulations can be complicated however, and it may be that you aren’t sure if you have the necessary cover in place.
Need First Aid Training?
Our First Aid at Work and Emergency First Aid at Work courses are suitable for staff members who wish to learn new first aid skills and gain an awareness.
How Many First Aiders Are Required By Law?
The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 and Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014: Regulation 18 require Care providers to provide adequate and appropriate first aid provision to meet the needs of the staff and people using services at all times.
However, what is adequate and appropriate is quite vague and it can be difficult to know how to ensure you are legally compliant. Therefore, in order to ensure you do have the adequate number of first aiders in your organisation, you should carry out a first aid needs assessment.
How to Carry Out a First Aid Needs Assessment
Carrying out a first aid needs assessment may seem a daunting challenge but it really doesn’t need to be. The purpose of a first aid needs assessment is to ensure there are suitable provisions in place in case of an accident or incident. While it isn’t a legal requirement for the first aid needs assessment to be written down or formal, keeping a written record is recommended. As an employer, you can use this assessment to demonstrate to the HSE or local authority inspector how you decided what level of first aid provision is required.
When carrying out your first aid needs assessment, remember to take into account the practicalities of day-to-day work. For example, what do you do if your first aider goes off sick or is on holiday? Do you have someone in their place that is trained to the same level?
How Many First Aiders Do I Need?
Having carried out a first aid needs assessment you are now in a place to understand how many first aiders are required. As was explained earlier, there is not a legal set number of first aiders that you need at work.
Delegates who are late may not be admitted into the training and a cost incurred.