Why do I need to take a first aid at work course?

It’s not the sexiest subject, we grant you.

But making sure there is suitable first aid provision at work is arguably one of the most essential jobs for any business owner.

According to the Health and Safety Executive, who should know, The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require you to “provide adequate and appropriate first aid equipment, facilities and people so your employees can be given immediate help if they are injured or taken ill at work.”

That’s not a suggestion – it’s a requirement. 

And that’s why it’s important that you, or one of your staff, know their first aid onions. 

If they don’t, or if you’ve just lost your first aider, someone in your team needs to take a first aid at work course quick sharp.


But what are the first aid at work requirements for my business?

It’s a common misconception among business owners that if a business is a small one, or an office only has three members of staff, that first aid training isn’t required and a first aider isn’t a necessity.

If you don’t know whether or not you need a first aider at work, here are the bald facts:

Even if you work from an office, and you’re all sitting at PCs and laptops all day, you almost certainly need somebody who has had first aid training and whose job it is to look after first aid provision. Someone who’s taken a first aid at work course.

The HSE regulations state that if your place of work is “low hazard” – perhaps it’s an office, a shop or a library – then you need at least one appointed person. That’s whether you’ve got two members of staff or 20.

Once you reach 25 members of staff, that first aider needs to be trained in EFAW (Emergency First Aid at Work).

If your place of work is “higher hazard” – e.g. a warehouse or a food processing plant – and you have five or more staff, you need at least one first-aider trained in EFAW or First Aid at Work (FAW), dependent on the kind of injuries which might occur.

Perhaps you’ve got more questions about your business and its first aid requirements. We understand that. In that case, you’re welcome to get in touch with us or you might find the HSE guidelines on first aid at work helpful –  you can download them here.


How likely is it that I’ll need a first aider at work?

More likely than you might think.

As recently at 2017/18, an estimated 555,000 workers in Britain suffered an injury at work.

The number of accidents sustained at work is one of the reasons why the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 made it law for all employers to make arrangements to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. 

It doesn’t just involve having the right number of first aiders in place; it also means that appropriate first aid training must be provided by the organisation.


OK, I understand. So what is the best first aid at work course for me and my business?

The first thing you need to know about Authentic Training is that we are staffed and run by experienced professionals with a passion for teaching.
We don’t just do what we do because we’re good at it; we do it because we genuinely want to help our clients.
Our three-day Level 3 course covers the entire RQF First Aid at Work syllabus. It combines theory and practice throughout the entire three days, so you can be sure it’s not three days of dull, dry learning. You or your staff will actually enjoy themselves.
After the three days are over, successful students will be the 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.


What will I actually learn on the three-day first aid at work course?

Our three-day course covers a huge range of areas. After passing the course, you’ll be able to manage a variety of injuries and illnesses which could occur at work, and you’ll have the essential skills necessary to provide emergency first aid.
You’ll be able to save a life.

  • The course covers areas such as
  • The role and responsibilities of a first aider
  • Assessing an incident
  • Managing an unresponsive casualty
  • CPR and defibrillation
  • Recovery Position
  • Heart Attack
  • Stroke
  • Choking
  • Epilepsy
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Shock
  • Head & Spinal Injuries
  • Chest Injuries
  • Wounds and bleeding
  • Fractures
  • Sprains, strains and dislocations
  • Minor injuries
  • Burns and scalds
  • Poisoning
  • Eye injuries


Are there other first aid at work courses available?

There are indeed. We also run a one-day Emergency First Aid at Work course.
Remember how we said that, even if your office has just two members of staff, it would need to have an appointed First Aider?
Well, this course is specifically 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 and formerly known as the Appointed Persons First Aid course 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?

At Authentic Training, we offer two main First Aid at Work courses.
The first is 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). 
This course provides the basic training required for anyone looking to be the appointed First Aider in their organisation. It costs just £89 per person and there’s even more information about it here – including how to book on.
Our second, more substantial First Aid at Work course is the three-day First Aid at Work course.
This course is specifically designed for companies who need to meet their HSE Health and Safety requirements. It costs just £185 per person, but there are large discounts available for group bookings. The course can be delivered at your premises or at our Knowsley training rooms.
There’s more information about it here – including details of how to book on.

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