Every year, hundreds of thousands of people are injured or fall ill at work. For this reason, it is essential that every workplace abides by first aid law and has first aiders available to take charge and deal with any medical emergencies that may occur as soon as possible. By doing so, they can help to prevent more serious injuries and, in some cases, even save lives.
There are four main types of first aid training that a person may need to take. These are:
For more information on which course is suitable for you, visit the British Red Cross' first aid course finder.
Again, this depends on the kind of course that is being taken:
First aid training is designed to provide learners with the first aid skills and knowledge that they need, and the confidence to use them in their workplace. They cover how to deal with a range of common medical emergencies, such as burns, heart attacks and allergic reactions.
First Aid at Work and Emergency First Aid at Work certificates are both valid for three years. Once the certificate has expired, a person will either need to complete a refresher course, or complete the full course again.
First aid refresher training must be taken every three years in order to ensure that a person's first aid knowledge is relevant and up-to-date.
The price of a first aid course varies depending on the kind of course it is:
All first aid courses are designed to be suitable for anyone, including those who do not have any prior knowledge of first aid or experience with medical techniques. While there will be a lot to learn and understand when completing the course, there will be plenty of time available to ask questions and practice before any assessments are done.
Typically, learners are not required to bring anything to a first aid course as they will be provided with the resources they need upon arrival. However, it is recommended that learners check with their training provider directly to make sure that this is the case.
Certain techniques, such as applying a sling or providing rescue breaths, are taught using practical demonstrations in a face-to-face first aid course, so it is best to wear loose fitting clothes, trousers and flat shoes.
Online first aid courses are legitimate, and are a useful way of providing learners with a basic understanding of what first aid is, and how they should react in the event of a medical emergency. However, they do not allow a person to act as a first aider because they do not allow for practical demonstration or assessment.
There are a large number of organisations who are able to deliver first aid training, including the British Red Cross and St John's Ambulance. At Commodious, we also provide a basic first aid awareness course that can be used to train staff members in how to act during a first aid emergency. This course can be accessed using the link below: