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First Aid at Work

The First Aid at Work course (FAW) is 3 days of training suitable for higher hazard workplaces such as construction sites and factories or workplaces with more than 50 employees.

Certificates are RQF Level 3 and are valid for 3 years. No previous first aid experience is required to attend.

It is strongly recommended by the HSE that candidates undergo an annual refresher in the years before FAW requalification is required in order to keep your skills updated.

Course Timings

09:00 - 16:00 each day.

Course Content

  • Safe best practice - minimise the risk if infection
  • Record keeping – recording accidents, RIDDOR, First Aid kits, disposing safely of clinical waste
  • Awareness of current regulations
  • Vital Signs – breathing, level of consciousness, temperature, colour
  • Incident Management – a systematic approach to managing first aid incidents
  • Airway Management – causes and treatment of unconscious collapse
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Safe Use of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator)
  • Breathing Problems - choking
  • Circulation Problems – controlling external bleeding and treatment for shock
  • Minor Injuries - small cuts, grazes and bruises, minor burns and scalds, small splinters 
  • Major Injuries - injuries to bones including suspected spinal injuries, chest injuries
  • Major burns and scalds
  • Eye injuries - including how to irrigate an eye
  • Sudden poisoning and anaphylactic shock
  • Soft tissue injuries

Qualification Details

Candidates who successfully complete this workplace first aid course will receive an 'ITC Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work' qualification. The first aid certificate is valid for 3 years.

This course is assessed using tutor observation of practical competency. In order to pass the course attendees are required to take a full and active part in practising all of the procedures and protocols taught. This provides the necessary continual assessment opportunities.  There are no written exam papers.

This qualification is part of the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), qualification number 600/7696/3.  The qualification is supported by the sector skills council; Skills for Health and is externally regulated by Ofqual and Qualifications Wales.

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Booking a Course

We can run in-house first aid at work training at your venue for groups of up to 12 per instructor.  You simply need a room large enough to not only seat everyone but also to allow them to lie on the floor and be rolled around without bumping into furniture or each other. Ask about organising a course for your group >>

First Aid Course CalendarWe also have a programme of public Emergency First Aid at Work courses in London for individuals to attend. Dates and locations of these courses are on our course calendar.  View public Emergency First Aid at Work course dates >>

Happy Customers

"I just wanted to send a message to the guys who trained me on my 3 day FAW course with Battersea Dogs Home.  Barely a week after I completed the course there was a young man knocked off his moped just outside work.  Thanks to the course I was able to stop him bleeding from a nasty gash to his leg before the ambulance arrived.  Basically everything we were taught was useful, and I spotted things (even little things) that Wayne had mentioned in the 3 days.  Without the great training I wouldn't have had a clue what to do.  So thanks must go to React First for making sure we were well prepared, and able to cope in the situation!  I'm sure the moped rider (who was only left with stitches and a battered bike- no lasting injuries) is also very grateful!
Thanks again! "

"It soon became clear that the first aid at work course had been very well thought through and was extremely meaningful to our heavy industry. The instructor took the time to find out about the machinery and hazards around the site and presented the course and training in context with possible incidents that could occur in our working environment.I have no hesitation in recommending React First to anyone in the construction industry and having attended the course myself found it most useful and relevant."

Andrew Shaw, Director
KKB Group

First Aid at Work Course