For every 50 employees it is recommended that there is one appointed person, working in a low risk environment
A risk assessment of your first aid needs may well identify the need for staff trained in emergency first aid either in addition to your qualified first aiders, or where the risk of your business is low, it may well identify them as being sufﬁcient without the need for additional qualified first aiders. It is particularly relevant for Appointed Persons.
Benefits to the employer and the learner
Learners will be provided with a basic knowledge of first aid which will prepare them to respond to incidents.
On completion of the course the learner will be issued with an Emergency First Aid at Work certiﬁcate approved by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). This is valid for three years and can be renewed by re-taking the course.
The course covers:
- What is first aid?
- Action in an emergency
- Primary survey
- Secondary assessment
- The respiratory system
- Disorders of respiration
- Disorders of the circulation
- Wounds and bleeding
- Minor burns and scalds
- Foreign objects
At the end of the course candidates participate in a Q&A session held by the instructor to test their knowledge before returning to the work environment.
Opportunities for further development
Other courses that provide complementary skill sets include:
- First Aid at Work
- Manual Handling
- Fire Marshal
These courses will help to benefit both learners and employers.