how do I work out if my first aider needs more corporate first aid training?

Have my staff had enough workplace first aid training to meet the needs of my business?

That’s a big question. And to answer it, we’ve got to go all the way back to 1981.

Adam Ant, The Human League and Duran Duran are ruling the roost in the charts, Raiders of the Lost Ark is in cinemas and the whole nation is super-excited about the impending wedding of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer.

The government, meanwhile, is busy introducing the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981. These regulations require employers to provide “adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work.”

Applying to all workplaces, including those with less than five employees and to the self-employed, these regulations effectively compel companies to ensure there is someone within their staff who can act as a first-aider in any situation which might feasibly arise.

Typically, though, the regulations leave it to employers to work out what their first-aid needs are – taking workplace hazards, risks, the size of the organisation and more into consideration.

So how do I work out if my first aider needs more corporate first aid training?

This question can be partially answered using the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)’s First aid needs assessment.

We’ve also got a First Aid Needs calculator to help you work out if your First Aid provision is good enough.

Don’t go there just yet though. First, consider one or two questions.

  • What level of hazard is associated with your workplace? Are we talking about a manufacturing plant or an accountancy practice?
  • How many people work for you? Do you have multiple heads of department or is it just you?
  • Have there been many accidents at your workplace in the past?
  • Do you have more than one base? This doesn’t have to apply just to big companies – if you’re a coffee shop owner and you have opened a second branch then each is seen as a separatesite requiring its own first aid needs assessment.
  • Is there anything that might make your workplace more in need of first aid provision? Do you often have work experience staff in, is the first-aider regularly off?

For more information, have a look at the HSE’s First Aid At Work guidelines here.


It turns out that my staff need more workplace first aid training.

At Authentic, we run a First Aid at Work course which takes just three days and covers the entire RQF First Aid at Work syllabus.

We know from experience that students learn much more when they are relaxed and having fun, so the course isn’t just theory; there’s lots of practice throughout the entire three days, so you or whoever is taking the course will actually enjoy themselves.

At the end, successful students will be proud owners of the QA Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (RQF), and be qualified to act as a first aider in their workplace.

They will be able to manage a wide range of the injuries which have been known to take place at work, and will be equipped with the essential skills necessary to provide emergency first aid.

The course covers a huge variety of skills, such as dealing with CPR and defibrillation, heart attacks and strokes, and teaches your staff skills – such as how to put people in the recovery position and treat sprains, strains and dislocations – that they will be able to use outside the workplace too.

Is there another First Aid at Work course available that doesn’t take three days?

Yes. You would be looking for our one-day Emergency First Aid at Work course.

The one-day course has been designed to provide the minimum expected training for an employee to undergo in order to fulfil that role.

Fully accredited on the RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework) at Level 3, it is the minimum expected training for an employee to undergo in order to fulfil the role of the appointed First Aider within an organisation.

Our one day EFAW course covers the roles and responsibilities of an emergency first aider, how to assess an incident, managing an unresponsive casualty, giving CPR and defibrillation and the recovery position, along with other conditions such as choking, seizures, shock wounds and bleeding, minor injuries, cuts, grazes and bruises and minor burns and scalds.


How do I go about booking onto an Authentic Training First Aid at Work course? And how much do they cost?

The one-day L3 award in Emergency First Aid at Work, more properly described as the Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (RQCF), costs just £95 per person and you can find out more and book onto it here.

The second First Aid at Work course is the three-day option for companies who need to meet their HSE Health and Safety requirements.

There’s more information about it here,  it can be delivered at your premises or at our Knowsley training rooms, and the cost is just £185 per person. There are also large discounts available for group bookings.

Who does the actual training?

Both our three-day First Aid at Work RQF course and our one-day course are delivered by experienced professionals, who take pride in giving you expert support as you learn the whole First Aid at Work (RQF) syllabus.

If you’ve got more questions, we’re here to help.

We’d love to talk to you about either of our First Aid at Work courses.

To give us a call and speak to one of our expert trainers, ring 0151 546 5151 and ask for John or Kris.

Alternatively, send us an email at and we’ll get back in touch as soon as we can.

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