One of the changes that came in with the October 2009 update to the HSE First Aid at Work Regulations Approved Code of Practise is the stongly recommended half-day Annual Refresher Course for those who are First Aiders in the workplace. This applies to all persons with an EFAW or FAW qualification who trained after 1st October 2009.

'Strongly recommended' is a strange phrase, which means it is not 'mandatory' however, should an incident occur and the First Aiders have not undergone refresher training, the HSE and the courts would ask why this has not occurred. It was bought in as it is recognised that skills such as CPR deteriorate if they are not practiced. In addition, the UK Resuscitation Council updated the CPR Guidelines on 18 October 2010, so we would recommend that companies consider an annual refresher for their staff.

Course outline:

  • Incident management and scene assessment in an emergency
  • Treatment of an Unresponsive Casualty
  • Treatment of a casualty having a Seizure
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • Treatment of Bleeding and Shock

Other information:

Candidates attending this course will still need to update their full qualification at the 3 year anniversary of their initial training. This course does not replace that requirement.

EFAW candidates will need to re-take their full one-day course.

FAW and FAWR candidates can take a 2-day First Aid at Work Requalifcation course, provided they renew within the prescribed timescales of not more than 3 months prior to course expiry date, and not more than 28 days after certificate expiry. This time window will allow them to keep their existing expiry date + 3 years at any time during this time window.

This course can be run 'in-house' for groups, or please see our course dates page for open courses.