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.