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Why it’s worth taking a First Aid at Work course

Posted: January 10th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Every workplace needs a qualified first aider, in case of accident, illness or injury during working hours. As they will be the first port of call in both minor and emergency situations, this designated person needs to undergo proper first aid training.

What will you learn on a First Aid at Work course?

The main aspects of basic first aid training courses (and refresher courses) help you to learn how to:

• Manage incidents
• Examine casualties
• Provide basic life support
• Control bleeding
• Apply dressings
• Deal with a range of conditions – from unconsciousness, common illnesses, burns and scalds and eye injuries to fractures and heart attacks
• Confidently use first aid kits
• Record and report incidents
• Understand relevant regulations

At the end of your course, you will be issued with a certificate of your new HSE -approved qualification and will be able to take up duties as your workplace’s designated first aider. However, it is important to remember the skills you learn are more valuable than the qualification itself – they can save lives in and out of the workplace.

A basic first aid course generally only takes three days to complete – comprising of both practical and theory exercises – making it well worth considering.

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