First Aid at Work (currently 4-day) vs. Emergency First Aid (1-day) shootout

No – it’s not the Wild West ! Just a review of the two most popular first aid courses.

We offer various first aid courses, so which is the right first aid course for you ?  Here is a comparison of the two most popular ones :
First Aid at Work(currently a four day course) and Emergency First Aid (a one day course)

Have a look at the HSE guide on choosing which type of course is most appropriate for you.

First Aid at Work - lasts four days (although will be shortened to 3 days after October 2009) and culminates in an examination of both practical skill and theorectical knowledge. You have to attend the whole course under current requirements (24 hours total contact time)  If you pass you will become a qualified First Aider under the The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 and this qualification is valid for 3 years.  To requailify a 2-day Refresher First Aid at Work course is required.
Pros : comprehensive course, you get four days off work (only kidding ! Ed.), plenty covered and you get lots of chance to hone your skills,
Cons : takes four days, cost, over the top for most organisations

Emergency First Aid – lasts one day and is also known as the Appointed Persons course.  There is currently no exam or test, but you will get a certificate (also valid for 3 years) recognised by the HSE which is the minimum recognised training for first aid in the workplace.
Pros : all the basics in one day, short, lower cost
Cons : does not qualify you as first aider, no exam to prove your good enough

Verdict :
Consider the Emergency First Aid course if you have a small low-risk workplace or if you want a spread of trained people so that if something goes wrong you always have a trained person to hand.  Some companies stratch their training budget around the whole department so that rather than waiting for a First Aider to turn up, treatment of any casualty can begin right away.
First Aid at Work you would realy ony need if you were at a larger organisation or had some higher risk activites taking place.  Worthwile to comply with the regulations for these types of company – also useful if you are carrying our off site work where the risks might not be wholly apparent before you start.

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