First Aid at Work Level 3
Under the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981, all organisations must ensure that, should employees be taken ill or are injured at work, a trained member of staff is on hand to provide immediate care. First aid can prevent minor injuries becoming major ones and can even save a life.
Employers must assess their businesses and take into account the following:-
- nature of the workplace hazards and risks
- nature of the workforce
- size of their organisations
- the distribution of the workforce
- accident history
- remoteness of working and access to emergency care
- sufficient cover for first-aider’s annual leave and sick leave
This will help them assess how many first aiders are required in order to meet their obligations under the Act.
Typically, first aiders will be trained and certified in either First Aid at Work (FAW) or Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW). More information on our EFAW course can be found here.
This comprehensive course will cover the following:-
- Roles and responsibilities of a first aider
- Incident assessment
- Providing first aid to an unresponsive casualty
- External bleeding
- Minor injuries
- Secondary surveys
- Injuries to bones, muscles and joints
- Suspected head and spinal injuries
- Suspected chest injuries
- Burns and scalds
- Eye injuries
- Major illnesses such as heart attack, asthma attack, stroke, diabetic emergencies, epileptic seizures
Training usually takes place over 3 days. However, there is a Blended option whereby 1 day can be spent online which then only requires 2 days to be spent in the classroom to cover the practical side of the course.
Certificates are valid for 3 years.
Re-qualification, if the learner holds a valid FAW certificate, only takes 2 days. Again, there is the Blended option with 1 day online and 1 day in the classroom.