Which First Aid Course is right for you?

We know that choosing the right first aid training course to meet your individual needs, business needs and budget is very important.

We are committed at In Safe Hands to providing the right information for you to make that choice.

You may want to read the following statement by the HSE to understand what is expected as qualified first aid trained person. Although don’t worry or get stressed about making your choice just get in touch and we can help.

The HSE (Health & Safety Executive) website states:

“In the event of injury or sudden illness, failure to provide first aid could result in that person's death. The employer should therefore ensure that an employee who is injured or taken ill at work receives immediate attention."

Every workplace is different in many respects, so to that end you need to decide what training course you require and how many staff you may need to be trained. Again if you’re stuck get in touch.

Here are some questions that may need to be answered to make the right choice...

Do you work in a high or low risk environment?

e.g a small shop would generally be a low risk environment, but if it was a large store this may become high risk because of the number of different activities going on and the number of people working and visiting. A printers/office/small cafe could be classed as low risk.

e.g a factory with a number of floors and day and night shift could be classed as high risk. A hotel with different departments with 24hour operation and a large number of public onsite could be classed as high risk. Trades work may also be considered high risk.

The pertinence of this really is the choice of course, generally for a low risk workplace the 1 Day Emergency First Aid at Work course may be sufficient. Should your workplace fall in the high risk element then the 3 Day First Aid at Work training may be the right one to go for.

It’s really down to risk assessment, which we will carry out for you free of charge.

Download the official guidance from the HSE here

The HSE have also recently launched a First aid at work assessment tool to help companies through this process, Have a look, it does not provide the answers but asks the right questions to help you. It’s all about risk assessment, decide what you need based on what is likely to go wrong.

Working in child care?

If you are a child minder, or work in a nursery or pre-school, you will need to attend a special twelve hour / 2 day course called Paediatric First Aid Training.

This course meets the training programme as laid down by the NCMA, Pre-School Learning Alliance, OFSTED and Surestart to meet the requirements of the National Standards for the purpose of registering as an early years professional.

The Department for Children, Schools and Families produced the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Within the practice guidance for setting the standards for learning, development and care for children from 0–5 years there is a Paediatric training course overview.

What if I work in a school?

Until recently the first aid requirement at a school had been to cover the needs of the staff (as employees) rather than the first aid needs of the children. Woe that sounds bad just even reading it!

So now we have a couple of considerations, again dependant on the number of employees and children, you could choose either the Emergency first aid course for schools, or a First Aid at Work course.

In addition to this (from September 2008) the Department for Children, Schools and Families produced the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. Within this document there is a statutory duty that all schools with Reception classes must have at least one person who has attended a Paediatric first aid training course and who is in school at all times.

Have look at the standards here, there is some helpful information to help you decide which courses you may want to go with.

Please remember though we are here to help you and should you have any questions or your just lost, call us!

We help people every day in choosing the right course, based honestly, on what you need.