Emergency First Aid at Work

About our Emergency First Aid at Work course

The 1-day emergency first aid at work course is for a business that has determined they work in a low risk environment. This course is a cost-effective solution for companies that need basic support for their workforce.

An individual who has successfully completed this training will be able to provide urgent support and prevent a situation from worsening while trained medical professionals make their way to the scene.

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Who is it for?

This course is ideal if your workplace is small or low risk. An example of this would be a small office space with relatively few staff or a conference venue.


How is it assessed?

You will be continually assessed by our highly experienced St John Ambulance Cymru trainers in line with current HSE guidelines. This will be done through practical demonstrations, hands-on experience, and Q&A sessions. There will also be a test at the end where you will need to answer multiple choice questions.



After you successfully complete our training, you will receive a first aid qualification which is valid for three years. This qualification will enable you to be a first aider in your small, low-risk workplace.

When it comes to selecting an emergency first aid at work course provider, St John Ambulance Cymru is the gold-standard in Wales. In the UK, St John Ambulance is one of the voluntary aid societies (VAS) who are recognised by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) as standard setters for first aid training in accordance with the Health and Safety (First Aid) regulations 1981. We don't require external accreditation through an Awarding Organisation.

This training is for you if your place of work is small and low risk. This course is also suitable if no colleague has any pre-existing conditions. You will need to complete a first aid needs assessment to identify this. A low risk environment is along the lines of a small office environment or a conference venue. Employees will not be engaging in physical tasks like heavy lifting, or using vehicles or heavy machinery. They will instead be using tools like computers, chairs, and desks. Accidents and injuries can still happen in low risk environments. For example a colleague could have a heart attack, stroke, or fall over and bang their head. In times like this, someone with an emergency first aid at work skills and knowledge is critical.

Our emergency first aid at work course takes 1 day to complete. This is a Level 2 qualification and gives employees the power to provide emergency first aid to someone who is injured or unwell while at work. Our First First Aid at Work (FAW) training provides more than just EFAW. It offers first-aiders the skills to give initial medical care for a variety of injuries and illnesses. That's why it is a level 3 qualification. Please note that there is no such qualification as level 3 emergency first aid at work.

There is no straightforward answer to this question, and the number of emergency first aiders you require will depend on the needs of your business. That being said, if there are between 25-50 employees in a low-risk environment, then you will need at least one fully trained emergency first aider. If your business has more than 50 people, then you will need one employee trained in first aid at work for every 100 members of staff.

You will receive an emergency first aid at work certificate after successfully completing this course. This certificate is valid for 3 years and will enable you to be an emergency first aider. After 3 years, your certificate will expire. When this happens you will need to re-take the course. This will enable you to continue to provide first aid provisions at work. It is always a good idea to refresh your first aid skills to guarantee your lifesaving abilities are up to date.

It is not possible to study this course online. The reason for this is that in fact first aid certification for this course is not possible. This is because the HSE mandates a set number of face-to-face hours as well as enough time to practice the techniques you will learn in the presence of a qualified instructor. Be extremely wary of any provider that says they offer emergency first aid at work online, as you will be spending money on something not suitable for your business.

We have training centres across Wales. We can also train on your premises if there are six or more employees that need to be trained. Send us an inquiry today

What will you learn on this course?

Role and responsibilities of the first aider

Bleeding (minor and severe)

Casualty movement

Choking (adult)

CPR (adult) including the use of an AED


Primary survey

Seizures (adult)


Treating an unresponsive casualty

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