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What is Emergency First Aid At Work?

Emergency first aid at work level 2 (EFAW) is a one-day course that covers the basics of first aid treatment in an emergency situation, such as an incident or accident in the workplace, or the sudden illness of a colleague or customer.

The course is taught by experienced, qualified trainers, and can be delivered either on site at your place of work, or as an open course at a local training venue.

The emergency first aid at work level 2 course leads to a nationally recognised qualification that is valid for three years, even if you change employer.


Why is Emergency First Aid At Work training important?

It equips employees with the skills and knowledge to provide initial emergency care in the event of an injury or illness in the workplace. It helps to ensure that prompt and appropriate action is taken to minimize the impact of an injury or illness, and can potentially save lives. Having trained first aiders on site can also help to create a safer working environment and promote a culture of health and safety in the workplace. Additionally, employers have a legal obligation to provide adequate first aid provision in the workplace, and emergency first aid at work training is one way to meet this requirement

Who should take Emergency First Aid At Work training?

This course is designed for appointed first aiders in low risk workplaces, such as offices and retail establishments where there are small numbers of staff, typically between 25 and 50 workers.

Low risk environments with more than 50 workers should consider the 3-day First Aid at Work course.

The emergency first aid at work level 2 course will give you the knowledge and skills you need to deal appropriately with casualties, reducing the impact of injuries and illnesses, and potentially saving lives.

The course is also designed to enable employers to meet their first aid obligations under current health and safety law, and to create a safe place of work for employees.


Can anybody take an Emergency First Aid course?

There are no pre-requisites for attending an emergency first aid at work level 2 course. The course is open to all employees over the age of 16 who are physically able to perform the required and assessed tasks, including resuscitation.

Special provisions can be made for delegates with certain physical disabilities or learning difficulties, to enable them to play an active role in first aid provision. Please discuss your needs with our training team who will advise on whether this is possible, and if it is, create a bespoke training plan to accommodate the specific needs of these candidates.


What do you learn on the course?

The emergency first aid at work level 2 course is a one day course that will teach you all the skills, knowledge and techniques you need to offer essential emergency medical treatment. You will learn how to manage illnesses and injuries effectively until the paramedics, or other medical professionals, arrive.

The emergency first aid at work level 2 course covers the most common health and safety incidents you may be faced with as a first aider, including:

  • Acting safely, promptly and effectively in an emergency
  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Treating an unconscious casualty (including seizure)
  • Choking
  • Wounds and bleeding
  • Shock
  • Minor injuries
  • Preventing cross infection
  • Recording incidents and actions
  • The use of available equipment


What does the training cover?

The emergency first aid at work level 2 course has a number of defined learning outcomes. At the end of the course, candidates will be able to:

  • Understand their role as a first aider and their responsibilities to the workforce
  • Be able to quickly and accurately assess an incident and prioritise their response
  • Know how to treat an unresponsive casualty who is breathing normally
  • Know how to treat an unresponsive casualty who is not breathing normally
  • Know how to help a casualty who is choking
  • Know how to treat external bleeding
  • Know how to recognise a casualty who is in shock and respond appropriately
  • Know how to treat a range of minor injuries


Where is the training held?

To give you the most relevant advice, we usually come to your premises and provide on-site training. However, we can also host the training at one of our nationwide training locations. Just let us know your requirements and we will make the necessary arrangements.


How long does the training last?

The emergency first aid at work level 2 course comprises 6 hours of guided learning, usually delivered in a single day. Open courses generally run from 9am to 4.15pm, however in-house training can be delivered at different times to suit your shift patterns or peak work periods.

Is there an assessment?

In order to qualify for the emergency first aid at work level 2 qualification, candidates must attend all parts of the course and demonstrate competency in a number of first aid procedures. The course is continually assessed throughout the day to ensure appropriate learning and skill development and each candidate must be able to show their understanding of the following first aid procedures:


  • The recovery position – for unresponsive casualties who are breathing normally
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) – for unresponsive casualties who are not breathing normally
  • Treatment of external bleeding for a casualty in shock.


Do we receive a certificate?

Yes, The certificate is a way of demonstrating that you have completed the training and are qualified to provide emergency first aid at work.


How long does the certificate last?

An Emergency First Aid at Work certificate is valid for three years. This certificate is specific to the employee, so will go with you if you change employers during this time.


How often should the training be carried out?

Though there is no specific EFAW refresher course, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recommends that first aid skills and knowledge be updated and refreshed annually.


How much is an the training course?

We are confident that we can offer you a competitive price for convenient, tailored emergency first aid at work training. Talk to our friendly team today on 0808 164 9690 and see how we can help you take better care of your team.

Upcoming Emergency First Aid at Work Training Courses

Course Name & Location Individual price Group price Duration Date

Emergency First Aid at Work Training – Liverpool

Individual price: £195
Group price: £545
Duration: 1 day Date: 17/12/2023

Emergency First Aid at Work Training – Newcastle upon Tyne

Individual price: £195
Group price: £545
Duration: 1 day Date: 18/12/2023

Emergency First Aid at Work Training – Leeds

Individual price: £195
Group price: £545
Duration: 1 day Date: 19/12/2023

Emergency First Aid at Work Training – Birmingham

Individual price: £195
Group price: £542
Duration: 1 day Date: 28/12/2023

Emergency First Aid at Work Training – Bristol

Individual price: £195
Group price: £545
Duration: 1 day Date: 29/12/2023

Emergency First Aid at Work Training – London

Individual price: £195
Group price: £545
Duration: 1 day Date: 30/12/2023

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What is the legal requirement for first aid at work?

Under Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981, employers are obliged to provide sufficient equipment and suitably qualified personnel to ensure that anyone injured or falling ill at work can receive the attention they need in a prompt and appropriate manner. The law applies to all workplaces, including those with five or fewer workers, as well as to the self-employed.

There are no hard and fast rules on the levels of appropriate first aid personnel, and to work out the number of first aiders you will need, you must do a first aid needs assessment.

It is important to accurately assess your first aid requirements and make provision as appropriate, as the Health and Safety Executive will prosecute companies who disregard established standards, fail to comply with the law or who put their employees at significant risk due to lack of first aid provision.

Your duty of care

Of course, providing appropriate first aid cover is more than just a legal obligation. If there is an accident at your workplace, and you do not have suitably trained and qualified first aiders available to provide appropriate care and treatment, then there is a risk that serious injuries and illnesses could result in the death or permanent disablement of the person or persons involved. As well as complying with health and safety law, you also have a duty of care to provide a safe workplace for your employees and visitors.

What is the difference between EFAW and FAW qualifications?

Emergency First Aid at Work, or EFAW, covers all the skills necessary to allow a trainee to administer emergency first aid confidently and competently to anybody who requires it in the workplace.

A First Aid at Work (FAW) course covers everything in the EFAW course, plus more in-depth first aid skills for dealing with higher risk environments, such as construction, agriculture, working with heavy machinery, or larger work places where staff may have a number of different medical conditions.  Visit our page here.

Both EFAW and FAW courses are recognised by the Health and Safety Executive.

What is a first aid needs assessment?

A first aid needs assessment is an evaluation that determines the first aid provisions needed for an organization’s specific circumstances. The assessment takes into account the degree of hazard in the workplace, unique working environment, and specific hazards requiring special arrangements. It is used to determine how many first aiders are required, what level of qualification they should hold, and whether any additional facilities or equipment needs to be provided.

The number of appointed and trained first aiders that you require for your workplace will depend on a number of factors, including:

  • The nature of your business –clerical and retail businesses will need fewer first aiders than manufacturing industries
  • The risks present in your workplace –the presence of machinery or chemicals will increase the risks
  • The layout of your workplace –large sites or multi-floored buildings will require more first aiders to provide appropriate cover
  • The number of employees – the larger your workforce, the more firstaiders you will require
  • Medical history– some members of your workforce may need extra first aid provision due to existing medical conditions
  • Shift patterns – you need to ensure that there is appropriate cover for all shifts, including cover for holidays
  • Workplace incident history – environments where accidents are more common require more first aid cover

While health and safety law does not oblige you to consider customers or visitors to your premises as part of your first aid needs assessment, the Health and Safety Executive strongly recommends that you include them and make appropriate provisions.

Examples of low risk workplaces include retail, offices, schools, universities, churches, care homes, warehouses, bars, beauty salons and community groups (although some areas of schools/universities, such as science labs and wood/metal workshops may fall into the high risk category due to the presence of chemicals of machinery). High risk environments include construction sites, restaurants, factories, agriculture, the motor trade, laboratories, gyms, industrial cleaning and the transport sector.

Appointed persons

In certain circumstances, you may not need nominated and trained first aiders. Small companies with low risks and under 25 workers may only need an appointed person to take charge of first aid arrangements. Their duties will be to maintain the first aid kit and to call the emergency services in the event of an accident or injury. Appointed persons do not require first aid training.

However, it is important to understand that an appointed person is the bare minimum of provision for first aid, and that even if anominated and trained first aider is not required by law, it may still be prudent to provide this level of cover for your staff and customers.

Nominated First-Aiders

A nominated first aider is someone who has been trained to at least the minimum standard in first aid. They must have passed this course – emergency first aid at work level 2 (EFAW) – or the longer 3-day first aid at work level 3 (FAW) course. Your first aid needs assessment will inform you as to what training your nominated first aiders require. The 3-day first aid at work course covers the same basic syllabus as the emergency first aid at work level 2, but also covers first aid procedures for a range of specific illnesses and injuries.

Does my workplace need a first aid assessment?

An employer must conduct a first aid needs assessment in their workplace, but this does not need to be a formal assessment. It is recommended that a written record be kept for reference, but this is not a legal requirement.

If an employer determines that the workplace does not require a fully qualified first aider, then the employer must identify an ‘appointed person’ to take charge of any first aid that needs to be administered to staff.

It is very important that any assessment of first aid requirements is accurate, and appropriate steps to provide the correct training and equipment are taken. If the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) find that health and safety provisions or standards are inadequate, they may be able to prosecute a company for failure to comply.

How many first aiders do you need?

According to Health and Safety Executive guidance, the minimum number of recommended first aiders for your workplace is as follows:

Low risk workplaces

  • Fewer than 25 workers – one appointed person
  • 25 – 50 workers – one EFAW trained first aider
  • More than 50 workers –one FAW trained first aider for every 100 staff (or part thereof)

High risk workplaces

  • Fewer than 5 workers – one appointed person
  • 5 – 50 workers – one EFAW trained first aider
  • More than 50 workers – one FAW trained first aider for every 50 staff (or part thereof)

Please note that these are minimum numbers and extra first aiders may be required to meet the specific workplace circumstances outlined in your first aid needs assessment. Very small companies or individuals, who share a workspace with others, may find it convenient to share first aid provision, however it is important to create a formal written agreement covering such arrangements.

When is an emergency first aider required to be on duty in the workplace?

If a first aid needs assessment determines that the workplace needs an emergency first aider, then at least one emergency first-aider should be on duty at all times. Taking into account factors such as annual leave, illness, working from home.

For more information on FAW and EFAW requirements, read the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guide to health and safety (first-aid) regulations here.

How do you become an emergency first-aider?

You need to attend an Emergency First Aid at Work course which is recognised by the Health and Safety Executive. Once the training is successfully completed, the qualification is valid for three years, after which you need to take a refresher course.