The Difference Between First Aid at Work and Emergency First Aid at Work.

Our two main first aid courses for the workplace are the First Aid at Work and Emergency First Aid at Work courses. Both of these courses are beneficial to the workplace but sometimes it can be hard to know what is best for you and your company. Check out our guide below to know the difference between First Aid at Work and Emergency First Aid at Work.


Where is the course designed for?

First Aid at Work (FAW) – This course is designed for workplaces that fall into a higher risk category (e.g. engineering, manufacturing, warehousing, construction, chemicals) and for a workplace with a variety of underlying health conditions (e.g. heart problems, diabetes anaphylaxis, high blood pressure, etc).

The FAW also provides comprehensive training for those who are required to be the designated first aider within their workplace.

Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) – This courses is designed for workplaces that fall into a low risk category. This course can also be used for staff required to be emergency first aiders or for those who wish to support a designated first aider trained via the First Aid at Work course.


Can you do the FAW if you work in a low risk environment and vice versa?

Both of these courses are suitable for the workplace but are designed for different environments. When deciding on a course consider how many first aiders you need and your risk levels.


Length of course

First Aid at Work (FAW) – This is a 3 day course which can be completed three days together or 3 days over three weeks. This course will consists of 18 hours of first aid training.

Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) – This is a 1 day course and consists of 6 hours first aid training.


Information in course

First Aid at Work (FAW) 

On completion of training, successful candidates will be able to:

  • understand 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
  • assess the situation and circumstances in order to act safely, promptly and effectively in an emergency
  • administer first aid to an adult casualty who is unconscious (including seizure)
  • administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation to an adult, including using an AED
  • administer first aid to an adult casualty who is choking
  • administer first aid to an adult casualty who is wounded and bleeding
  • administer first aid to an adult casualty who is suffering from shock
  • provide appropriate first aid for minor injuries (including small cuts, grazes and bruises, minor burns and scalds, small splinters)
  • administer first aid to an adult 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

Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW)

On completion of training, successful candidates will be able to:

  • understand 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
  • assess the situation and circumstances in order to act safely, promptly and effectively in an emergency
  • administer first aid to an adult casualty who is unconscious (including seizure)
  • administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation to an adult, including using an AED
  • administer first aid to an adult casualty who is choking
  • administer first aid to an adult casualty who is wounded and bleeding
  • administer first aid to an adult casualty who is suffering from shock
  • provide appropriate first aid for minor injuries (including small cuts, grazes and bruises, minor burns and scalds, small splinters)

Assessment

During the course theory, group questions and practical skills will be covered however each candidate will be continually assessed throughout the course. There is no final assessment.


Certification

After successful completion of either course a certificate will be awarded and this certificate is valid for three years.


Choosing Your First Aider for the FAW or EFAW

Please consider the following factors when choosing your candidate(s) to attend our First Aid courses:

  • reliability, disposition and communication skills
  • aptitude and ability to absorb new knowledge and learn new skills
  • ability to cope with stressful and physically demanding emergency procedures
  • normal duties, which should be such that they may be able to respond immediately and rapidly to an emergency

Further Courses

First Aid at Work (FAW) – If you want to requalify the FAW course after the three years you can complete a two day First Aid at Work Requlification course.

Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) – If you completed the EFAW, after three years you just need to take the same course again to requalify.

To prevent skills fade during the three years of either course you can complete our Annual Update course to refresh your first aid skills.

 

For more information about what is recommended for your workplace check out our workplace calculator.

 

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