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First Aid at Work Course

The First Aid At Work (FAW) Training Course, also referred to as the FAW course, is a 3-day course (1 day via distance learning and 2 days classroom) that covers a wide range of topics related to first aid. The course is designed for people aged 16+ who might need to provide first aid by responding to a wide range of accidents, injuries, and illnesses that they could encounter in their workplace.

This extensive level 3 first aid course meets the requirements specified in the Health and Safety Regulations (First Aid) 1981 and goes a step beyond the Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) course, qualifying you to work in high-risk workplaces.

The FAW course also covers emergency situation management and good effective communication in the event of an incident, whether it's a victim, eyewitnesses to the problem, or expert medical personnel who respond.

3 day first aid at work qualification

Did you know? The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) states that a first-aider must be appointed where there are more than five employees.

Who should take the FAW course?

The FAW course is ideal for organisations whose needs assessment has identified a requirement for additional first aid training. This might be due to having employees with a disability or a medical condition. It is ideal for those working in high-risk environments such as construction, manufacturing, warehousing, or healthcare.

What will I learn in the FAW course?

The FAW course will cover topics such as:

• how to assess an incident

• how to manage an unresponsive casualty

• how to administer CPR

• how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to carry out a risk assessment

• how to recognize and treat a variety of injuries and medical conditions, including:

• bleeding

• burns

• fractures

• heart attacks

• strokes

• seizures

• choking

In addition to the topics covered in an emergency first aid at work course, this course covers treatment for various injuries and medical conditions.

Full details regarding what you will learn in the 3-day First Aid At Work course can be reviewed in our topics covered section below.

What is the Difference between Emergency First Aid at Work and First Aid at Work?

The main difference between Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) and First Aid at Work (FAW) is the depth of training. Emergency first aid at work is designed for low-risk workplaces, while first aid at work is designed for higher-risk workplaces. First aid at work also provides comprehensive training for those required to be designated first aiders within their workplace.

The First Aid at Work course is 3 days long (1 day via distance learning and 2 days in class), while the Emergency First Aid at Work is only 1 day.

The content of each course also differs, with the First Aid At Work course covering a wider range of topics such as dealing with an unconscious casualty, heart attacks and strokes, and spinal injuries. The emergency first aid at work course covers basic life support, choking, burns and bleeds.

First Aid Training

If you're looking for a more extensive course or work in high-risk environments, look at our 3-day first aid at work course. If you're looking to become a first aid trainer or instructor, then the First Aid at Work for Instructors course is right for you. 

Assessment of first-aid needs

Employers have a legal responsibility to carry out a first-aid needs assessment. This will help them decide how many first-aiders they need, what level of training they need, and what equipment and facilities are required.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has provided guidance on conducting a first-aid needs assessment.

Annual Refresher

Under the current Health and Safety Executive guidelines, first-aiders are strongly recommended to take an annual refresher course to keep their first aid skills up to date. The annual refresher course is a great way to stay confident and competent in your first aid skills.