Emergency First Aid At Work: Everything You Need To Know

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Emergency First Aid At Work is one of the most important training courses you and your team can undertake.

If you’re looking for a course provider, then we’re here to answer all of the questions you may have about emergency first aid at work.

First Aid At Work: What Are The Requirements?

UK health and safety regulations refer to first aid as either the treatment you give someone to preserve their life until help from a medical practitioner arrives or the treatment for minor injuries. This assistance can be the difference between life and death if the incident or illness is time critical.

Businesses have a legal duty to provide adequate first aid equipment and train sufficient staff members in first aid depending on the nature of the work at hand; a workplace featuring more hazards will require more employees trained in first aid.

You can undertake three types of first aid qualifications to respond to medical situations in the workplace; First Aid At Work (FAW), Emergency First Aid At Work (EFAW) and Paediatric First Aid (PAE)

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What Is Emergency First Aid At Work?

Emergency First Aid At Work is an accredited training course that provides candidates  with the skills to swiftly, confidently and competently respond to emergency medical situations and preserve the life of the employee involved until an ambulance arrives on scene. 

During the course, candidates will get their teeth into practical demonstrations and role-play, engaging practicals using a mannequin and plenty of Q and A opportunities. Designated emergency first-aiders are required to requalify every 3 years so that they can best serve their colleagues and remain compliant with UK health and safety regulations, and refresher courses are recommended annually.

What Does Emergency First Aid At Work Cover?

You might wonder what types of incidents Emergency First Aiders typically respond to in the workplace. During your one-day EFAW course, you will cover…

  • Undertaking risk assessments
  • Understanding the role of the first-aider. We look at cross-infection prevention, recording incidents and available equipment.
  • How to assess the situation so you can respond quickly, safely and competently in an emergency.
  • How to administer first to an unconscious employee. This also covers seizures.
  • How to perform CPR and use an automated external defibrillator.
  • How to provide emergency first aid to someone who is choking. 
  • Treating and controlling bleeding wounds.
  • Managing shock.
  • Providing first aid to minor injuries such as small cuts and grazes, minor burns and splinters.

How Long Does An Emergency First Aid at Work Course Last?

The one-day course is valid for three years. Qualified first aiders should ensure their qualification is renewed prior to the expiry date. Once a certificate expires the first aider is no longer considered to be competent to act as a workplace first aider.

How Many People Can We Train At One Time?

The maximum number of candidates on a course would be 12.

How Many First Aiders Do I Need?

This is one of the most commonly asked questions and a difficult one to give a quick answer too!  There are no hard and fast rules on the exact number of first aiders a business should have. You need to complete a first-aid needs assessment to help you decide how many first aiders are required. This will take into account all the relevant circumstances of your particular workplace. Further guidance on this can be found on the HSE website.

How Does Emergency First Aid At Work Differ From Other First Aid Courses?

Different courses can be taken in conjunction with EFAW for a more comprehensive qualification. These are:

First Aid At Work

First Aid At Work is a 3-day course that is more extensive and intensive than EFAW. It is designed to provide training enabling qualifying delegates to respond to a wide range of situations, not just those we would call’ emergencies’. Read more about what you’ll gain from the course we run here.

Paediatric First Aid 

This two-day course has been specifically designed to meet the criteria set by the Department for Education’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Framework. Envesca regularly offers this training programme; check out this page for everything you need to know.

The course provides candidates with the skills and knowledge needed to respond to a range of paediatric first aid situations, including assessment of emergencies, unresponsive children, CPR, choking, meningitis, asthma and more. 

Combined Courses

For some employers, it makes sense for their staff members to be able to dual qualify in a shorter amount of time. Envesca also offer a 1-day course that covers both Emergency First Aid Work And Emergency Pediatric First Aid so that you can save time and money training your support staff. 

This course is ideal for individuals working with and around children. The EYFS requires a 2-day course for those in sole charge of infants and children, but support staff and helpers would benefit from our combined course. Find out more about it here

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health is just as important as physical health. This 2-day course aims to develop your confidence and boost your knowledge about mental health so that you can identify signs of mental health problems in your workplace.

Upon qualification, you will feel competent to respond to crisis mental health situations and know how to guide someone towards appropriate support.

Read more about our Mental Health First Aid training programme here

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What To Expect From Emergency First Aid At Work Training

Accidents are preventable, but they can still happen, so training your staff in emergency first-aid ensures medical emergencies can be dealt with promptly and effectively.

The Emergency First Aid At Work training course is engaging and hands-on. Alongside information-giving and Q and A opportunities, the trainer will give interactive demonstrations, and delegates will get stuck into role-play scenarios specific to your workplace.

Emergency first aid techniques that cover the areas listed previously are learnt as well as practised – both on each other in group work and on dummies – and delegates are assessed by the trainer during the 1-day course.

To successfully qualify, you must pass two assessments. The theory assessment takes the form of multiple-choice questions, and the practical assessment involves demonstrating your newly learned ability to execute several emergency first aid techniques. This includes CPR as well as responding properly and efficiently to someone who is choking. 

The Role Of A First Aider At Work

Graduates of certified first aid courses are responsible for taking care of anyone who becomes ill or suffers an injury in the workplace.

The training they have undergone should suitably prepare them with the knowledge, skills, confidence and competence to shoulder responsibilities such as:

  • Keeping a record of and maintaining first aid kits and facilities
  • Assessing the person who is injured or ill
  • Taking charge if someone requires medical attention
  • Using first aid supplies and equipment safely to administer appropriate care until the emergency services arrive
  • Report the accident appropriately as per the company’s official procedures

How much does an Emergency First Aid at Work Course Cost?

If you attend a public classroom course, the cost ranges from £77.00 + VAT – £140.00 + VAT per person, taking into account the various discount opportunities available. If you decide to book an in-house course for 12 candidates, the cost reduces to around £65.00 + VAT per person.

Emergency First Aid At Work Training Can Save Lives

First aid skills are vital for every workplace, but EFAW can be the difference between life and death. 

Envesca holds regular public classroom training courses, making it simple for you to upskill your employees and ensure everyone stays well in the workplace. They will also deliver a course for you at your premises on a date and time convenient to you.

Want to learn more? Get in touch today. 

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