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Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW)

What is Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW)?

EFAW is a one-day basic first aid course designed to provide individuals with the skills and knowledge to handle common workplace emergencies. EFAW training is typically suitable for low-risk workplaces or as an introduction to first aid for employees. Please keep in mind EFAW is different from First Aid at Work (FAW) which is a more comprehensive training course lasting around 18 hours or more, spread over multiple days.

Who is required to have EFAW training?

In the United Kingdom, for example, employers have a legal duty to provide adequate first aid arrangements in the workplace. The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 state that employers must assess the first aid needs of their workplace and ensure there are an appropriate number of trained first aiders.

In low-risk workplaces, where the number of employees is small (typically less than 50), it is common for at least one person to undergo EFAW training. This individual would then act as the designated first aider. The specific requirements may differ for higher-risk workplaces or larger organisations, where additional first aiders with more advanced training, such as the First Aid at Work (FAW) qualification, may be necessary.

Places that may require EFAW trained staff:

  • Offices
  • Schools and Educational Institutions
  • Construction Sites
  • Manufacturing and Industrial Settings
  • Sports and Recreation Facilities
  • Childcare Centers

Here are some key points about Emergency First Aid at Work training:

1. Course Content

EFAW courses cover essential first-aid skills and knowledge necessary to respond to workplace emergencies. Our First Aid training content typically includes (but not limited to):

    • Assessing and managing incidents
    • CPR techniques for adults
    • Recognising and responding to choking incidents
    • Dealing with unconscious casualties
    • Understanding how to control bleeding and provide basic wound care
    • Providing first aid for common workplace injuries such as burns, strains, sprains, etc.
    • Understanding the importance of recording incidents and first aid actions taken

In low-risk workplaces, where the number of employees is small (typically less than 50), it is common for at least one person to undergo EFAW training. This individual would then act as the designated first aider. The specific requirements may differ for higher-risk workplaces or larger organisations, where additional first aiders with more advanced training, such as the First Aid at Work (FAW) qualification, may be necessary.

2. Duration

EFAW training is usually a one-day course, with a duration of approximately 6 to 8 hours. The training may include a combination of theory and practical hands-on exercises to reinforce the learning.

3. Accreditation

EFAW courses are typically delivered by training providers accredited by regulatory bodies or recognized as competent in delivering workplace first aid training. In Gurkha Security Services, for instance, we are accredited by Aid Training.  

4. Certification

Successful completion of the EFAW training results in a certificate that is typically valid for three years. However, it is recommended to attend annual refresher training to maintain proficiency in first aid skills and stay updated with any changes in guidelines or best practices.

5. Legal Requirements

Depending on the jurisdiction and the specific workplace, there may be legal requirements for employers to have employees trained in emergency first aid. It is important to familiarise yourself with the regulations in your country or region to ensure compliance.

GSS Security Training

We provide a 1-day EFAW training in our Farnborough Head Office alongside our Door Supervisor and Security Guarding courses. We will provide you with detailed information on the course syllabus, schedules, and any specific requirements before the start of the course. As a security service provider, our security officers are qualified security professionals with the most up-to-date training which includes EFAW.

Please keep in mind how essential it is to choose a reputable training provider to ensure that you receive high-quality and up-to-date training.

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