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First aid at work (QA level 3 award)

People fall ill and suffer injuries at work every day. It’s up to employers to appoint and train first aiders to react quickly and to the best of their abilities in emergency situations.

Training during COVID-19

The new look first aid at work course will deliver the exact same high quality educational content you expect from our Posturite trainers but in a slightly different format. For the foreseeable future this training will be delivered as blended learning which involves a third of the course (1 day) delivered by web and the remaining two thirds (2 days) in the traditional classroom based setting. A blended learning approach can significantly reduce the time spent together in a confined space, and can offer greater flexibility during the current climate.

The online element of this course will be delivered via a virtual classroom in which delegates and trainers will still be able to interact with each other live and participate in learning activities.

The face-to-face or classroom element of the course will be delivered following strict adherence to social distancing, hygiene policies and risk assessments. All assessments associated with this qualification must take place face-to-face in a classroom environment.

If you require any further information at this time please do not hesitate to contact the training team on 0345 345 0010 or [email protected].

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3 days

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Max 6 people per course

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The First Aid at Work (QA Level 3 Award) course is a regulated, nationally-recognised qualification that equips individuals with the skills and confidence to react appropriately in a wide variety of emergency scenarios. Staff will spend three days with our experienced trainers learning how to deal with injuries and sudden ill health. They’ll learn how to assess an incident, manage an unresponsive casualty, administer CPR and deal with events like heart attacks, choking, head and spinal injuries, fractures and anaphylaxis.

Attendees will get stuck in straight away with practical tasks where they’ll use replica equipment and try out real first aid techniques. Our first aid trainers will guide them through the course, sharing their experiences with real-life emergencies and answering any questions.

Throughout the course attendees will take six practical assessments and two theory assessments, which are multiple choice question papers. Upon completion, they will receive their First Aid at Work qualification certificate which will remain valid for three years.

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£1,495 (ex VAT)*

You choose the date and provide the venue, usually your premises, and we provide the training and any necessary equipment.

* Pricing applies to UK Mainland only.

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What to expect

The First Aid at Work (QA Level 3 Award) takes place over three days. There will be a lot to learn across the two mandatory units, but our trainers will take their groups through the content progressively, making sure everyone feels confident and happy as they move through each subject. Trainees will be asked to carry out written assessments on day one and three. Practical skills will be assessed continuously throughout the first aid at work course.

Attendees can expect to spend some time listening and some time participating in group and individual work with first aid equipment like AED training units and CPR dummies.

The qualification comprises of two mandatory units with a total of 3 credits and 24 guided learning hours.

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We'll cover...

Day 1:

Unit 1: emergency first aid in the workplace

  • Introduction
  • The role of the first aider
  • Incident and casualty assessment
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillators (AEDs)
  • Recovery position including management of seizure
  • Choking
  • External bleeding and hypovolemic shock including tourniquets and haemostatic dressings
  • Minor injuries
  • Written assessments

Day 2:

Unit 2: management of illness and injury in the workplace

  • Introduction
  • Respiratory system
  • Hypoxia
  • Chest injuries
  • Asthma and hyperventilation
  • Circulatory system
  • Wounds and external bleeding
  • Eye injuries
  • Shock
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Angina and heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Burns and scalds
  • Poisons

Day 3:

Unit 2: management of illness and injury in the workplace

  • Introduction
  • CPR recap
  • Skeletal system
  • Fractures/dislocations
  • Sprains and strains
  • Head injuries
  • Secondary survey
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Written assessments

Our trainers

All of our first aid courses are led by experienced Posturite trainers. Meet some of our first aid trainers here.

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