Important changes to workplace first aid training for 2017
The Health and Safety Executive has implemented key changes
to workplace first aid training. As of 1 January 2017,
workplace first aid training includes training in using a life
Please note that specialist Defibrillator (AED) training is
available both on
scheduled and onsite
Details of changes
As of 1 January 2017, St John Ambulance provides delegates
that attend our
First aid at work (FAW), First
aid at work requalification (FAW Requal) and
Emergency first aid at work (EFAW) courses with basic
defibrillator training. Delegates are:
- taught the basic step-by-step prompts given by defibrillators
and how to respond
- taught how to place defibrillator pads on a casualty.
- The duration of the
FAW course (3 days), FAW
Requal course (2 days) and the
EFAW course (1 day) have not changed.
- Students who successfully complete the FAW, FAW Requal or the
EFAW course will receive 1 certificate which will last for 3
- We have taken this opportunity to review the EFAW course. As
the course is aimed at lower risk workplaces and to accommodate the
new defibrillator skills, we have made the following changes:
- Complications to a severe bleed and severe burns are no longer
taught as these do not reflect a lower risk workplace.
- Fainting is no longer assessed on the EFAW course.
St John Ambulance encourages employers whose risk assessment
indicates that their first aiders require training on these
subjects to please consider our 3 day comprehensive FAW
- St John Ambulance recommends that all workplaces are equipped
with life-saving defibrillators and that the wider workforce, in
addition to the designated first aider, are trained in its use to
ensure a casualty who is unresponsive and not breathing receives
fast treatment if required.
our onsite courses
Why is it important that the wider workforce is trained on how
to use a defibrillator?
Training a wider range of staff is important as they could
provide vital support to the trained first aider who may be
required to manage the overall emergency situation and brief the
emergency services on details of the patient's status.
While defibrillators are very simple to operate, and no
previous training is required, the St John Ambulance
defibrillator course gives delegates the confidence to act quickly
and effectively in an emergency. Crucially, defibrillator operators
will also learn how to perform effective CPR.
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defibrillator and training package offers.
What does the St John Ambulance AED training course
The St John Ambulance Defibrillator or AED course is a
comprehensive 3-hour course that will teach delegates:
- the basic step-by-step prompts given by defibrillators and how
- how to place defibrillator pads on a casualty
- how to use the different types of defibrillators currently
- how to manage the machine and check it before and after
- how to pull off reports
- how to deliver effective CPR.
Students will also get time to practice using a
trainer defibrillator unit, ask questions, and review different
scenarios in the use of defibrillators. This full course
is particularly recommended for organisations that already have
View our defibrillator training course
What can you do to stay on top of the regulation changes and
your first aid provision?
We're here to cut through the complexities and make sure you
have everything you need to stay on top of your workplace first aid
requirements. There are several ways to make sure you know
everything you need to:
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