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Replacing: Occupational First Aid – QQI (FETAC) Level 5 (From the 1st of January 2018 the HSA will only recognise PHECC First Aid Response Training (FAR) as meeting the needs of OFA in workplaces.)
The Health & Safety Authority (HSA) now recognises the PHECC First Aid Response (FAR) training course as meeting the needs of occupational first aid. The FAR Standard was developed by the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) an independent statutory body who set the standards for education and training for pre-hospital emergency care in Ireland.
The current recognised course “Occupational First Aid QQI level 5” will cease to be recognised by the HSA  on the 31st December 2017 and will be replaced by the PHECC First Aid Response Training course as the only recognised First Aid qualification by the HSA. This being said any courses held before the 31st of December will still be recognised by the HSA for the following 2 years.



On completion of this 2 and a half day course, the First Aid Responder will be equipped with the necessary practical skills, knowledge and confidence to give effective life support, diagnose and treat injuries or illness, and maintain care and comfort of a patient who has become suddenly ill or injured in the workplace or elsewhere until the arrival of emergency medical services. Also included is training in the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and the administration of aspirin for cases of a suspected heart attack.

The First Aid Response course covers all of the occupational first-aid requirements for places of work as outlined by the Health and Safety Authority. Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, there is a requirement on employers, based on a risk assessment, to have a sufficient number of adequately trained first-aiders in the workplace. The specific requirements for first aid provision at work depends on several factors including the size of the workplace, the numbers employed, the hazards arising, dispersal of employees and access to medical services.
Following the FAR course participants should be able to:
  • Deal with life-threatening or potentially life-threatening conditions until the arrival of emergency medical services
  • Provide an adequate response for conditions not thought to be life-threatening but are necessary to prevent further harm before the emergency medical services arrive
  • Provide first-aid in a wide range of environments including the workplace, home and recreational settings
  • Display the requisite personal skills including composure, competence and self-confidence while understanding their limitations
Course Duration:
2 and a half days. Normally completed over 3 consecutive weeks but can be run over 3 consecutive days.
Course Content/Topics Covered:
  • Patient Assessment
  • Incident Procedures
  • Cardiac First Response (CPR & AED, Choking & Stroke)
  • Common Medical Emergencies (Asthma, Diabetes, Seizures, Poisoning & Fainting)
  • Injury Management & Shock (Bleeding, Bone Injuries, Sprains, Strains & Dislocations, Shock)
  • Care of the Unconscious Patient
  • Burns & Electrical Injury Care
  • Hypothermia & Hyperthermia
  • Information Management & Communications
  • The Well-Being of the First-Aid Responder
No. of Participants:
Maximum of 6 participants per class. The instructor student ratio is 1:6 for practical skills sessions.
The First-Aid Response Course is classroom based and has been designed to balance theory and practice incorporating scenario-based training to achieve the learning outcomes and competencies specified in the PHECC standard.
An assessment takes place at the end of the third day. There is a practical and theoretical element to the assessment. Participants complete a multiple-choice examination paper and undertake two skills assessments. In order to be successful, participants must achieve a mark of 80% or greater in each element of the assessment.
Successful completion of the First Aid Response course leads to certification by PHECC. All successful participants will receive a certificate and wallet-sized certification card which is valid for two years. Recertification in First Aid Response is required every 2 years.
This course can be delivered onsite at your company premises or at here at the LCE Training Academy.