This qualification is for those undertaking the role of a first aider in the workplace. This training supports employers to meet their requirements under the Health and Safety (First Aid) regulations 1981.
More: for more information about this qualification, download the Qualification Specification
Role and responsibilities – may include reference to: preventing cross infection, the need for recording incidents and actions, safe use of available equipment, assessing an incident, summoning assistance, prioritising treatment, dealing with post incident stress.
Others may include a casualty receiving first aid, work colleagues, other people within the workplace environment.
Consent – learners should be aware of the need for consent on a continual basis when providing first aid. Implied consent can be assumed when treating an unresponsive casualty.
When necessary – learners should be able to evaluate a situation to determine when to summon further assistance and what type of assistance to request.
When to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation – must include agonal gasps. CPR must include ‘correct placement of AED pads’ and ‘follows AED instructions’.
Recovery position – a position that maintains a stable open draining airway. Administer first aid – provide appropriate help to a casualty, manage the situation and seek appropriate assistance when necessary.
Seizure – relates to a generalised seizure. First aiders should be suspicious of cardiac arrest in any casualty presenting with seizure.
Shock – hypovolaemic shock (resulting from blood loss).
The qualification is available to learners aged 14 or over but a learner is unable to act as a First Aider in the workplace until they reach the age of 16. Due to the practical nature of the first aid assessment there are physical demands and learners must be able to demonstrate their skills as in a real-life situation. An example of this would be to demonstrate CPR on a manikin at floor level. It is recommended that learners should hold a minimum of Level 1 in literacy or equivalent to undertake this qualification. It may be possible to allocate a reasonable adjustment to a learner who has a disability, medical condition or learning need; learners should contact their training provider to discuss. Any reasonable adjustments granted must be in line with the FAA Reasonable Adjustments Policy.
The qualification is valid for three years from the date of achievement. It is strongly recommended by the Health and Safety Executive that the learner attends annual refresher training.
Learners are required to complete the assessments in a manner appropriate to the purpose of the qualification. The prescribed assessment methods for this qualification should not unfairly disadvantage learners who would otherwise be able to demonstrate competence in line with the purpose of the qualification. Learners should contact their centre to discuss reasonable adjustment if they feel the prescribed assessment methods would disadvantage them.