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
Wounds and bleeding
Preventing cross infection, recording incidents and
actions and the use of available equipment
Sprains and strains
Severe burns and scalds
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:
Specific health problems
(such as heart conditions, asthma, diabetes etc.)