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What first aid training is required at my workplace?

First aid at work vs. emergency first aid at work Not sure what your duties are in terms of having qualified first aid personnel in the workplace? This article provides an overview of what is required in terms of employee training and first aid credentials, so you may ensure compliance with the appropriate legislation.

Assessment of first aid requirements

A first aid requirements assessment must be completed before deciding on the type of first aider necessary at work. The goal of this evaluation is to determine the proper first aid needs that will be required depending on occupational hazards and dangers. The assessment’s output should include, among other things, shift patterns, accidents and illness within the organization, and the distance of the site from emergency services.

What is the definition of emergency first aid at work (EFAW)?

A first aider who has completed an Emergency First Aid at Work training course will be able to provide emergency first aid to anyone who is wounded or becomes ill at work. If a company has low level dangers and 25-50 employees, or higher level hazards and 5-50 employees, the first aid requirements require at least one first aider to be trained in Emergency First Aid at Work.

The emergency first aid training is brief and may be finished in a single day.

The Emergency First Aid at Work course teaches participants how to perform and treat the following:

  • In an emergency, act safely, quickly, and effectively.

  • Resuscitation of the Cardiopulmonary System (CPR)

  • Taking care of an unconscious casualty

  • Choking

  • Wounds and bruising

  • Shock

  • Minor abrasions

  • Preventing cross infection, documenting incidences and actions, and making use of available resources

What is workplace first aid? (FAW)

First Aid at Work is a more in-depth version of the Emergency First Aid at Work course. A first aider who has finished the first aid at work training will be able to fulfill all of the EFAW’s duties, but most significantly, the first aider will be able to administer first aid to specific illnesses and injuries.

You must have at least one First Aid at Work trained first aider if your workplace, based on your needs assessment, is considered to be a low-hazard environment and there are 50 or more employees on site. One additional first aid at work trained first aider must be present for every 100 people employed on site, or a portion thereof.

If you work in a high-risk environment, you must have at least one First Aid at Work trained first aider for every 50 employees, or a portion of that number. These people will receive a certificate in First Aid at Work.

In addition to the EFAW course, the FAW course covers the following areas:

  • Fractures;

  • Sprains and strains;

  • Chest injuries;

  • Severe burns and scalds;

  • Eye injuries;

  • Poisoning;

  • Anaphylaxis;

  • Heart attack;

  • Stroke;

  • Epilepsy;

  • Asthma;

  • Diabetes.

If you have employees in your workplace who are at danger of any of the above, even if you don’t have the requisite number of employees to have a First Aid at Work trained first aider on site, it’s a good idea to have one. This should be factored into your first aid needs assessment.

What is an Appointed Person?

A designated individual is not a trained EFAW or FAW first aider. If the first-aid needs analysis finds that a first aider is not necessary, this is the bare minimum that an employer must supply.

This person has responsibility for any first aid arrangements on site, including first aid equipment, first aid kits, a first aid room if applicable, provision of emergency numbers and procedures to staff, and communication with emergency services.

An appointed person is necessary for any workplace with low level dangers and fewer than 25 employees, or higher level hazards and less than 5 employees. There is no need for designated personnel if there are enough first aiders on site.