Important Changes to First Aid Training

Important Changes to First Aid Training

  • Date: Wednesday 5th August 2009

From 1 October 2009 the HSE is introducing important new changes that will impact on the current first aid training regime.

Under the new arrangements first-aiders provided by an employer in the workplace must hold a certificate of competence in either:

Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) - one day course (previously known as First Aid Appointed Person - FAAP) 

• First Aid at Work (FAW) - three day course

EFAW training enables a first-aider to give emergency first aid to someone who is injured or becomes ill while at work. FAW training includes EFAW and also equips the first-aider to apply first aid to a range of specific injuries and illness.

Employers should use the findings of their first aid needs assessment to help them decide whether first-aiders should be trained in FAW or EFAW.

As part of the changes, it is also recommended that all  FAW Certificate holders undertake annual refresher training during this three year period to help maintain their basic skills and keep up to date with any changes to first aid procedures. SSG are pleased to advise that this ongoing training will be free to all SSG FAW delegate s  as part of the company\'s committment to workplace safety.

The mandatory requirement for all FAW certificate holders to attend a 2 day refresher course prior to certificate expiry in order to remain qualified still applies.

Certificates issued on successful completion of an FAW or EFAW course are valid for three years. Existing certificates will remain valid until their expiry date after which the new training arrangements will apply.

For more information on the impending changes contact our administration team on 01752 201616 or email

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