Emergency First Aid at Work Course – Overview

The Emergency First Aid at Work training course has been designed for any member of an organisation who is likely to find themselves taking charge of, or who has been appointed to take charge of, first aid equipment during a first aid emergency in the absence of a qualified First Aider.

This is a one-day course recommended as the minimum level of training for persons in low-risk workplace environments. This one-day course will help you meet your regulatory requirements if your risk assessment indicates that first aid training covering emergency protocols only is adequate for your workplace.

The aim of the course is to provide participants with sufficient knowledge and confidence to deal with an accident until a qualified first aider or the emergency services take charge of the situation.

All candidates should be aware that the course is of a practical nature therefore casual clothes should be worn. Female personnel attending are advised to wear trousers.
It is strongly recommended that all first aiders complete a half-day refresher course annually.


The Emergency First Aid course will include sessions on:

  • Aims and principles of first aid
  • What to do in an emergency
  • Management of the unconscious casualty
  • Assessment and treatment of a casualty who is wounded or bleeding
  • Assessment and treatment of burns and scalds
  • Dealing with seizures
  • Choking (Adult)
  • Resuscitation (Adult CPR)
  • Shock
  • Health & Safety (First Aid) Regulations


1 day


Certification of the Emergency First Aid Course is dependent on successful continuous assessment of the student. Assessment will be carried out through observation along with some written exercises. Whilst the written elements are straightforward, candidates require a basic command of English. Students who complete the course and are deemed to have reached the required standard are issued with a certificate which is valid for three years.

Who Should Attend?

Any member of an organisation who is likely to find themselves taking charge of first aid during a first aid emergency.

To find out more information and to see other Health & Safety courses, please click here.

To read more about HSE guidelines, please click here.