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21st February, 2014

A guide to the different types of first aid training courses

Nominated first aiders are a must for any workplace, but with various types of first aid training available, it is vital to get the right level of training for your first aid cover.

There are a number of different first aid training courses available, so how do you know which type you need?

Well, the type of first aider you need, will depend on the type of work you do, and the kinds of injuries that you might get.

Choosing the right course will give your first aiders the knowledge and competence to provide assistance should a medical emergency occur.

The two main types of first aid training for the workplace are:

  • Emergency First Aid at Work - a one day level 2 first aid qualification
  • First Aid at Work - a three day level 3 qualification

Both of the above courses are open to individuals looking to learn first aid skills, so which do you need?

Emergency First Aid at Work

The one day Emergency First Aid at Work course is most suited to those in small, low hazard work environments.

This course will give you the skills you need to deal with, as the name suggests, emergency first aid situations.

First Aid at Work

The three day First Aid at Work course is the qualification to gain for larger or higher hazard work environments.

This course covers the emergency first aid at work module, but also how to deal with a variety of minor and major illnesses.

Choosing the right type of first aid training course

The type of first aid training you will need depends on a variety of factors, not just the hazard level.

For example, a small office with 5 workers might find emergency first aid at work training sufficient, whereas a larger office with 50 workers should consider the level 3 first aid at work course for nominated first aiders.

Higher hazard work environments (such as factories or construction sites) carry more risk, and unfortunately, accidents are more likely to occur.

In this type of workplace, your first aiders need to be able to handle more types of emergencies.

You should probably go straight to the 3 day first aid at work course for a fully qualified first aider.

Unless the numbers on site are very low (less than 5) then the 3 day first aid at work course should be given to nominated first aiders to ensure that they have adequate skills to deal with the situations that may occur.

Some businesses have a variety of work environments, for example, offices for administrative staff, and warehouse for production.

Different areas and work environments should be assessed for first aid needs separately. It may be that a mixture of Emergency First Aid at Work, and First Aid at Work training is needed.

And of course, there are other work environments that might have more special needs, such as a nursery which might need to provide first aid to infants, or an outdoor activity centre that might be providing activities in remote areas.

There are different types of first aid training available, such as paediatric and activity specific, that can enhance your first aiders skills in specific areas where required.

Full first aid training is usually carried out every three years, if you need to refresh your first aid knowledge, or want to become an appointed person, check out our online health and safety courses.

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