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First Aid at Work

Course Objectives

On completion of training, whether a full FAW course or a FAW requalification course, successful candidates should have satisfactorily demonstrated competence in:

  • Understanding the role of the first-aider, including reference to: – the importance of preventing cross infection;
    – The need for recording incidents and actions;
    – Use of available equipment;
  • Assessing the situation and circumstances in order to act safely, promptly and effectively in an emergency;
  • Administering first aid to a casualty who is unconscious (including seizure);
  • Administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation;
  • Administering first aid to a casualty who is choking;
  • Administering first aid to a casualty who is wounded and bleeding;
  • Administering first aid to a casualty who is suffering from shock;
  • Providing appropriate first aid for minor injuries (including small cuts, grazes and bruises, minor burns and scalds, small splinters).

In Addition candidates will have demonstrated competence in:

  • Administering first aid to a casualty with: injuries to bones, muscles and joints, including suspected spinal injuries; – chest injuries;
  • Burns and scalds;
  • Eye injuries;
  • Sudden poisoning;
  • Anaphylactic shock;


Recognise the presence of major illness (including heart attack, stroke, epilepsy, asthma, diabetes) and provide appropriate first aid.

(HSE guidance on course content).

The course is delivered over 3 days and is assessed.

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