Frequently asked questions



Have there been any changes to First Aid Treatment since my last course?

 
Yes, every 5 years the European Resuscitation Council (ERC), the Resuscitation Council (UK) and the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) review the latest research and evidence in resuscitation, and then release updated guidelines. 

In addition to this, for the first time in history, in 2015 the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) have also produced guidelines for first aid.
With these changes underpinning first aid practice, we would like to offer our customers a summary of the changes and some information about the next steps. Click here

 Who can attend a first aid course? 

Anyone who is interested in acquiring or updating CPR and first aid skills can attend a course.
Some First Aid at Work courses, learners are required to be age 16 or above (to be a workplace first aider).  Contact us for which course is most suitable

As an Employer what do I need to do..?

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Can I book a in house training session?

Yes. Many employers find this a more cost effective  and suitable option, all you need is a space to accomdate everyone undertaking practical activities and EMT will provide the rest.

How many first aiders do I need in the workplace? 

The findings of an employer’s first-aid needs assessment will help them decide how many first-aiders are required. There are no hard and fast rules on exact numbers and all the relevant circumstances of your particular workplace should be taken into account. The table in the leaflet First Aid at Work Assessment Tool provides further guidance.  There should be at least one first aider on site at all times taking into consideration holidays, breaks, sickness, shift work, lone working, history of accidents, distribution of workforce and location.


What is the difference between the QCF certificate and the Standard First Aid Certificate?

A QCF certificate is a regulated and nationally recognised qualification by a Ofqual regulated awarding body (EMT use the awarding organsation, IQL and TNUK) A standard first aid certificate is issued by EMT First Aid and Lifeguard Training, who meet all the requirements and standards set out by HSE.

Since the 1st of October, 2013 the HSE ceased approving First Aid training providers to deliver First Aid training.

This HSE approval system has been replaced with a recommendation that first aid training in the workplace should be approved by Awarding Organisations that are regulated by Ofqual or that first aid training providers meet certain criteria.  It is up to the employer to select the appropriate and adequate first aid training for their workplace using due diligence. 
 
The HSE approval system has been replaced with a recommendation that first aid training in the workplace should be approved by Awarding Organisations that are regulated by Ofqual (QCF certificates) or that first aid training providers meet certain criteria.  It is up to the employer to select the appropriate and adequate first aid training for their workplace using due diligence. 

EMT first aid training can confirm that the management, delivery and quality insurance of all the first aid courses we run meets ALL the requirements and standards set out by the HSE.

Why attend a course with a registered training facility who is with an Awarding Organisation?

Most Awarding Organisations are now regulated by Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) and the Welsh Government and therefore provide regulated and approved courses.  EMT First Aid and Lifeguard Training are registered with the awarding organisation QNUK and IQL and undergo annual Externally Quality Assurance visits to remain compliant.  If courses are not regulated through an Awarding Organisation, then the employer must carry out a Risk Assessment and Checklist to ensure they are receiving the correct delivery of training from a reputable company, which EMT also do.

What are Annual Skills Refresher courses? 

HSE strongly recommends that everyone who has completed a First Aid at Work, Emergency First Aid at Work and Paedatric course to attend an annual refresher course to refresh their skills and ensure they are up to date with their knowledge. The refresher course is only a half day course and comprises of all the practical skills and any industry updates.

My First Aid at Work certificate is due to expire. What do I need to do? 

To maintain a First Aid at Work qualification you will need to attend the 2 day First Aid at Work (Re-qualification) course before the expiry date shown on your certificate. If you have an Emergency First Aid at Work qualification, you will need to attend the 1 day Emergency First Aid at Work course again.  Both of these courses provide you with a new certificate which is valid for three years.

What is the difference between a Level 3 First Aid at Work and Level 2 Emergency First Aid at Work course? 

The Level 3 First Aid at Work course is a comprehensive three day course that covers everything that you will need to know to be an official First Aider within your company, especially those with high risk factors or have a large amount of employees. The Level 2 Emergency First Aid at Work course is a one day course which is more appropriate for lone workers such as on-site construction personnel and lorry drivers who need to know the basic emergency patient care skills (CPR and First Aid).

Can First Aiders Issue Pain Killers?

No tablets or medication should be kept in a Work Place First Aid Kit and First Aiders are unable to prescribe any medication to be used except where any specialist training is provided and is specifically authorised.