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There are now two levels of workplace First Aider:

Emergency First Aider at Work (EFAW) - 6 hour course

First Aider at Work (FAW) - 18 hour course

You should ensure that your first aiders are trained to deal with the injuries and illnesses that could occur.

The following list illustrates the types of emergencies that First Aiders are trained to deal with:

EFAW & FAW

Acting safely, promptly and effectively in an emergency
Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
Treating an unconscious casualty (including seizure
Choking
Wounds and bleeding
Shock
Minor Injuries
Preventing cross infection, recording incidents and
actions and the use of available equipment


FAW Only

Fractures
Sprains and strains
Chest injuries
Severe burns and scalds
Eye injuries
Poisoning
Anaphylaxis
Heart attack
Stroke
Epilepsy
Asthma
Diabetes

The topics listed as "FAW Only" are not covered on the EFAW course, so if any of these injuries or illnesses could occur, a full First Aider at Work should be provided.

Extra, specialised training and provision may be needed for hazards such as chemicals, dangerous machinery, working in confined spaces etc.

You should also consider the needs and health of all workers and ensure that first aiders are available and trained to deal with specific health needs. You should consider things such as:

The Young
The Elderly
Specific health problems
(such as heart conditions, asthma, diabetes etc.)
Disabilities