Emergency First Aid At Work Course – 1 Day

Accredited Qualification

Qualsafe (QA) Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work RQF (Regulated Quality Framework).

Who should take this course?

This one-day course is ideal for:

  • Companies/businesses that deal with low hazard environments – for example: offices, shops, libraries.
  • Companies/businesses where a needs assessment has identified a requirements for a first aider trained in emergency first aid at work.

Note: If your needs assessment identifies additional hazards or risks or staff with a medical condition such as asthma, diabetes or a heart condition, we recommend the first aid at work 3-day course as this covers a broader syllabus including the recognition and treatment of a wider range of conditions.

Course Overview

This course leads to the Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) certificate. This qualification is based on the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) training standard for delivery of First Aid at Work (FAW) courses for the purpose of the Health & Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981.

Aim of Qualification

The Emergency First Aid At Work (EFAW) qualification enables learners to attain the knowledge and competencies needed to deal with a range of emergency first aid situations. On successful completion of the course learners should be able to demonstrate the practical administration of safe, prompt, effective first aid in emergency situations. They should also have a good understanding of the role of the first aider.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. However, the courses are intensive and learners should:

  • Have communication skills sufficient to allow them to address the assessment requirements of the qualification.
  • Be physically able to perform the relevant actions and techniques included in the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) syllabus.
  • Be in attendance for the entire course duration to be eligible for evaluation and qualify for the Emergency First Aid at Work certificate.

Course Duration

The Emergency First Aid At Work (EFAW) course is a one-day course which can be delivered on non-consecutive days. This is, to include a minimum of 6 hours training and assessment. The contact hours are exclusive of breaks.

Note: If the course is delivered over a period of more than one day, each session must be a minimum of 2 hours, over a maximum period of 3 weeks).

Course Content

  • The Role and Responsibilities of an emergency first aider
  • Assessing an incident
  • Managing an unresponsive casualty
  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • Recovery Position
  • Choking
  • Seizures
  • Shock
  • Wounds and bleeding
  • Minor injuries
    • Cuts, grazes and bruises
    • Minor burns and scalds
  • Optional module on Catastrophic Bleeding (Haemostatic Dressings & Tourniquets)


Learners are required to complete both theory and practical assessments. Practical skills are assessed by continuous observation by the trainer and there is a written assessment paper to check understanding.


An A5 Qualsafe Emergency First Aid Made Easy booklet is provided for each learner.


The Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) certificate is valid for period of 3 years.

However, under the current Resuscitation Council guidelines, it is strongly recommended that first aid staff still attend a half-day update every 12 months. Please Refer to Annual Refresher Training Course link for details.