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Emergency First Aid at Work 6-hour (EFAW)

The ProTrainings Emergency First Aid at Work Level 2 qualification (EFAW) is ideal for most businesses whose risk assessment has identified that there is no requirement for a fully trained first aider for their workplace. All courses are delivered, evaluated and quality assured to meet the new guidelines set out by the HSE in October 2013 and meet the requirements of the First Aid at Work (First Aid) regulations 1981 and subsequent 2016 changes.

All our first aid courses fully meet the UK and European Resuscitation Council Guidelines 2015 as per the HSE requirements.

This course must be at least 6 contact hours and run over a minimum of 1 day and the certificate is valid for 3 years.   In May 2016 the HSE and Awarding Organisations announced that computer based blended training is now allowed for all workplace first aid courses.

ProTrainings now offer the option to complete your Emergency First Aid at Work course as a blended course. This entails 3 hours of online training followed by 3 hours in the classroom. Our blended training allows you to learn the theory at your pace, one to one with your instructor at a time that suits you. The blended EFAW course meets all of the requirements under the HSE and Awarding Organisations and is available as a ProTrainings or Regulated Qualification.

To renew your skills, you need to attend another EFAW 6 hour course. This course can be delivered as a 100% classroom course, online or blended to comply with the HSE requirements. Candidates completing our EFAW courses receive access to our video library for refreshing skills and reference. 

The HSE strongly recommend that all first aiders complete an annual first aid refresher courses and our online course meets this requirement.

Please note that learners undertaking a ProTrainings Trainings Course have the option to choose to take a regulated qualification.

Please be advised that the classroom course has a minimum age requirement of 16.

The content of this and all our courses has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines and come with a Certified CPD Statement as well as a ProTrainings Certificate and for online courses an Evidence Based Learning statement.

  • Offices
  • Service industries
  • Self employed
  • Factories
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction and Building
  • Distribution
  • Forestry (see also our FAW Forestry course)
  • High risk businesses
  • Agriculture
  • Sports
  • Outdoor Pursuits and Exploring 

This course comes with 6.0 hours of CPD, although the time to complete the course online may be less than this.

The content of this and all our courses has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines and come with a Certified CPD Statement as well as a ProTrainings Certificate and for online courses an Evidence Based Learning statement.

The following syllabus meets the HSE requirements laid down for course content as follows:

  • Initial Care
    • First Aid at Work Regulations and Rules
    • Fears of First Aid
    • Barriers
    • Initial Assessment
    • Unconscious Breathing and Recovery Position
  • Cardiac Problems
    • The Heart, Sudden Cardiac Arrest, Heart Attacks and CPR
    • One Rescuer CPR
    • Chest Only Compressions
    • CPR Handover to a Second Rescuer
    • AED awareness 
  • Other Primary Care First Aid Problems
    • Adult Choking, Conscious and Unconscious
    • Serious Bleeding Management and Wounds
    • Shock
    • Spinal Injury Management
    • Burns and Scalds
    • Anaphylactic Shock and Allergies
    • Seizures and Epilepsy

Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria for our EFAW Course

1    Understand the role and responsibilities of an emergency first aider
1.1 Identify the role and responsibilities of an emergency first aider
1.2 Describe how to minimise the risk of infection to self and others
1.3 Describe how to complete an incident report form
1.4 Identify the first aid equipment available and describe how it can be used safely
2    Know how to assess an incident
2.1 Describe how to conduct a scene survey
2.2 Describe how to make a primary survey of a casualty
2.3 Identify when and how to call for help
3    Manage an unresponsive casualty who is breathing normally
3.1 Demonstrate how to assess a casualty’s level of consciousness
3.2 Demonstrate how to open a casualty’s airway and check breathing
3.3 Demonstrate how to place an unconscious casualty into the recovery position that maintains an open airway and explain why it is important
3.4 Describe how to treat a casualty who is in seizure
4    Manage an unresponsive casualty who is not breathing normally
4.1 Demonstrate how to administer effective Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation using a manikin
5    Recognise and assist a casualty who is choking
5.1 Describe how to identify a casualty with a partially and completely blocked airway obstruction
5.2 Demonstrate how to treat a casualty who is choking
6    Manage a casualty who is wounded and bleeding
6.1 Demonstrate how to control severe external bleeding
7    Manage a casualty who is in shock
7.1 Describe signs and symptoms of shock
7.2 Demonstrate how to manage a casualty who is in shock
8    Understand how to manage a casualty with a minor injury
8.1 Describe how to manage a casualty with:
       Small cuts, grazes and bruises
       Minor burns and scalds
       Small splinters

The HSE recommend that all first aiders complete an annual first aid refresher courses and our online course meets this requirement.