What is The Right First Aid Course For My Organisation’s Needs?
Depending on the size or specific hazards (or both) of the place of work, employers have a duty to provide trained occupational first aiders, and it is vital to have up to date training records to ensure your organisation is compliant with legislation. If your organisation does not require occupational first aiders, it is best practice to provide first aid training so that employees are aware of what to do in the event of an emergency. This post compares the different first aid courses available to assist you in choosing the right course for your needs.
Get Started – Conduct a Risk Assessment
The best place to start is to conduct a risk assessment to determine if you require the First Aid Response course to meet the Occupational First Aid Requirements as per Legislation. If you do NOT require Occupational First Aid you can choose an alternative course that meets best practice. A risk assessment in the context of the safety statement should consider the numbers employed, the nature of the work, the degree of hazard, the level of accidents arising, the size and location of the workplace, the distribution of the employees, shift working, availability of an occupational health service with the workplace and the distance and duration from external medical services etc.
The Health & Safety Authority – Guide to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, offers recommendations regarding the number of occupational first aiders based on the type of workplace and maximum number of employees present at any one time.
First Aid Training Options
- PHECC First Aid Response (FAR) and Refresher training is the course you will require if your risk assessment requires your organisation to meet the Occupational First Aid Requirement. Please note this course replaces QQI Level 5 Occupational First Aid in 2018.
- Basic/ Emergency First aid is a great option for organisations who do not have an Occupational Requirement. It is also popular with organisations who wish to train assistants to the occupational first aider. This course when delivered onsite can be customised to your organisation’s needs and objectives. Both Childcare First Aid and Sport First Aid are versions of the Basic First Aid course which has been adjusted to make them more applicable to participants in their respective settings.
- Both the CFR and Heartsaver Defibrillator training courses cover the use of a AED and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at community level. The CFR Advanced course is at the healthcare provider level.