HSE 3-day FAW Programme
Employers have to risk assess their workplace first aid requirements and the 3-day First Aid is at Work (FAW) qualification is one of the statutory qualifications for this purpose. FAW training is delivered by organisations approved by the HSE for this purpose (our HSE approval number is 1670/96). The content is prescribed by the HSE and all candidates must attend the full 18-hours contact time in order to fulfill the qualification 'license to practice' requirement. As well as full attendance each candidate is continually assessed on each section of the programme and then has to complete an external examination, according to current HSE regulations.
First 6-hours content is EFAW:
￼On completion of training, successful candidates should be able to:
Understand the role of the first aider including reference to: - the importance of preventing cross infection; - the need for recording incidents and actions; - use of available equipment;
Assess the situation and circumstances in order to act safely, promptly and effectively in an emergency;
Administer first aid to a casualty who is unconscious (including seizure);
Administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation cpr;
Administer first aid to a casualty who is choking;
Administer first aid to a casualty who is wounded and bleeding;
Administer first aid to a casualty who is suffering from shock;
Provide appropriate first aid for minor injuries (including small cuts, grazes and bruises, minor burns and scalds, small splinters).
Further 12 hours content for FAW
Provide emergency first aid at work (left);
Administer first aid to a casualty with: - injuries to bones, muscles and joints, including suspected spinal injuries; - chest injuries; - burns and scalds; - eye injuries; - sudden poisoning; - anaphylactic shock;
Recognise the presence of major illness and provide appropriate first aid (including heart attack, stroke, epilepsy, asthma, diabetes).
External examination of candidates.