PHECC First Aid Response (FAR) courses- replacing QQI (FETAC) Occupational First Aid Courses

Occupational First AidThe Health & Safety Authority (HSA) now recognises the PHECC First Aid Response (FAR) training course as meeting the needs of occupational first aid. The FAR Standard was developed by the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) an independent statutory body who set the standards for education and training for pre-hospital emergency care in Ireland.

 

From the 1st of September 2017 the HSA will only recognise PHECC FAR as meeting the needs of OFA in workplaces.

  • The HSA will recognise any QQI OFA 5N1207 learner certificate issued up to 31 August 2017 for the full two year duration of the certificate.
  • Any refresher certificate issued by a recognised training provider issued up to 31st August 2017 will also be recognised by the HSA for the full two year duration of the certificate.

On completion of this 3-day course, the First Aid Responder will be equipped with the necessary practical skills, knowledge and confidence to give effective life support, diagnose and treat injuries or illness, and maintain care and comfort of a patient who has become suddenly ill or injured in the workplace or elsewhere until the arrival of emergency medical services. Also included is training in the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and the administration of aspirin for cases of a suspected heart attack.

The First Aid Response course covers all of the occupational first-aid requirements for places of work as outlined by the Health and Safety Authority. Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, there is a requirement on employers, based on a risk assessment, to have a sufficient number of adequately trained first-aiders in the workplace. The specific requirements for first aid provision at work depends on several factors including the size of the workplace, the numbers employed, the hazards arising, dispersal of employees and access to medical services.

Following the FAR course participants should be able to:

  • deal with life threatening or potentially life threatening conditions until arrival of emergency medical services.
  • provide First Aid Response for conditions not thought to be life-threatening but are necessary to prevent further harm before the emergency medical services arrive.
  • provide pre-hospital First Aid Response in a wide range of environments including home and recreational settings.
  • display the requisite personal skills including composure, competence and self-confidence while understanding their limitations.
  • deal with life threatening or potentially life-threatening conditions in the pre-hospital environment until arrival of emergency medical services.
  • provide First Aid Response for conditions not thought to be life-threatening but are necessary to prevent further harm before the emergency medical services arrive.
  • provide pre-hospital First Aid Response in a wide range of environments including home and recreational settings.
  • display the requisite personal skills including composure, competence and self-confidence while understanding their limitations.

Course Duration: – 3 days ( 18 Hours )

Course Content/Topics Covered

Day 1

  • Patient Assessment
  • Incident Procedure
  • CFR

Day 2

  • Common Medical Emergencies
  • Injury Management
  • Care of the unconscious patient
  • Skills Practise & Assessment

Day 3

  • Burns & Electrical Injury
  • Hyopthermia & Hyperthermia
  • Information Management
  • Communications
  • Well being of the First Aid Responder
  • Test & Assessment of outstanding skills

 

Training Methodology

Our approach to training incorporates both practical and interactive learning, giving the participants the confidence and ability to put theory into practice and to cope with real-life situations that may arise in the workplace.

The First-Aid Response Course is classroom based and has been designed to balance theory and practice incorporating scenario-based training to achieve the learning outcomes and competencies specified in the PHECC standard.  The instructor student ratio is 1:6

Assessment/Evaluation

An assessment takes place at the end of the third day. There is a practical and theoretical element to the assessment. Participants complete a multiple-choice examination paper and undertake two skills assessments. In order to be successful, participants must achieve a mark of 80% or greater in each element of the assessment.

Certification
  • Successful completion of the First Aid Response course leads certification by PHECC.
  • Re certification in First Aid Response is required every 2 years.

If the course is attended in the NAS Centre the cost is inclusive of:

  • Training materials
  • Certification
  • Refreshments
  • Lunch.

Participants should wear comfortable clothing suitable for the practical aspects of the course, ie CPR.

To book into one of our Occupational First Aid Courses

If you are an organisation with ongoing Occupational First Aid Training needs or have a group that you required trained onsite, please phone us on 051-333960 or email [email protected]  We would be happy to discuss cost effective options.