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Occupational First Aid Training - FETAC Level 5

IHS's 3-Day Occupational First Aid Course meets the requirements of the Health and Safety Regulations that apply to having trained First-Aiders in the workplace and is to HSA requirements. In addition, as we also have approved our quality assurance system with FETAC, candidates will receive Level 5 certification with FETAC.

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Occupational First Aid deals with the types of injuries that would be likely to occur at your workplace. Courses are designed to train employees in the correct response to any workplace emergency. Our Occupational First Aid Certificates comply with the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act (General Applications 2007 (SI No. 299/2007)) and certification is valid for 2 years and includes AED (Defibrillation) training as per FETAC Level 5 Module D20188.

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Courses last 3 days. Note: 2 day courses are not recognised by the HSA as being sufficient for First Aiders in the workplace.

In relation to Occupational First Aid, the following is a brief overview: 

  • The Occupational First Aid course is a statutory course set down by the HSA and based on the requirements of the 2007 Safety, Health & Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations. The course is designed to fulfil the criteria of the Health, Safety and Welfare at Work Act and subsequent legislation in relation to having trained First Aiders in the workplace. 
  • Training can only be provided by individuals on Register of Occupational First Aid Training Providers. 
  • The content is set by FETAC and the modules are as follows: 
  • Unit 1 - First aid in the workplace 
    • Contents of First Aid Kit, Glove Use, Dressing minor wounds, Reef knot, Slings
  • Unit 2 - Patient Assessment 
    • Primary & Secondary Survey, Breathing Assessment, Taking of Pulse, In-line stabilisation
  • Unit 3 - Respiratory Emergencies 
    • Head tilt technique, Rescue breathing using mouth-to-mouth, mouth-to-mask, FBAO, treatment of the patient with respiratory difficulties
  • Unit 4 - Cardiac First Response 
    • CPR, Vomit Position, CPR & Barrier, AED use, Recovery Position, Semi-Recumbent position, Administration of Aspirin, Heart Attack, Stroke
  • Unit 5 - Wounds & Bleeding 
    • PEEPs, nose bleed
  • Unit 6 - Altered Levels of Consciousness 
    • Shock position, treatment of the patient with altered level of consciousness
  • Unit 7 - Musculoskeletal Injuries 
    • Upper limb fracture using bandages, RICE, shoulder dislocation, Lower limb fractures
  • Unit 8 - Burns and scalds, chemicals, poison, electric shock 
    • Treatment of a burn, burns dressing, chemical burn, eye irrigation
  • Each theory module has associated practical work as well. 
  • The delivery of the course must be over not less than 3 days. We would normally run the course over 3 consecutive full days, but the option to run the course on one day per week for 3 weeks is also available. Any other permutation is possible, but the total course duration will be 24 hours. 
  • There is an assessment at the end of the course which must be given by an external examiner on the Register of Occupational First Aid Training Providers. 
  • A maximum of 10 on a course, by regulation. 

The course is designed to fulfil the criteria for First Aiders at work and as such the content is pitched at lay personnel with no previous medical knowledge. If the customer would like to supplement this then this is also possible. For example, as IHS is also a registered training site with the Irish Heart Foundation, it would be possible to upgrade the CPR aspect of the course so that participants get the Heartsaver Adult and/or child and/or infant CPR module (or even the BLS Healthcare Provider CPR module). Other specific requirements can also be met if specified. 

It is important to realise that the purpose of the Occupational first Aid course is, however, to fulfil the Health & Safety regulations which our course does, and that if customers have different requirement that they discuss all options fully with us. All our instructors are qualified Occupational First Aid Instructors on the National Register, and many are also qualified Basic Life Support & CPR Instructors with the Irish heart Foundation as well. 

If candidates come in to one of our public courses the fee includes lunch and refreshments for the 3 days as well as all course materials & notes, examiners fees and certificates.

Certification lasts for 2 years. 

Occupational First Aid Refresher 
Candidates must have a recognised current Occupational First Aid Certificate. The refresher course lasts 1 day. The refresher course covers a review of all modules with particular emphasis on CPR & AED. Lunch and refreshments for the day along with certificates are included. Certification lasts for a further 2 years.