This course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge, practical skills and understanding required to provide and co-ordinate first aid in the work-place in compliance with the requirements of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General application) Regulations 2007: Part 7, Chapter 2: First Aid and the associated guide to those regulations. On successful completion the student will be awarded a FETAC credit in Occupational First Aid at Level 5.
Occupational first aiders are required to be trained and certified as competent at least once every two years. This is for all places of work where the Health and Safety at Work Act 2005 applies and includes employers and self-employed alike. The regulations place requirements on employers for their employees while at work and also non employees on their premises such as school pupils, customers, etc.
The number of occupational first aiders in each company should be decided after an assessment of the factors and risks of the occupation, and not necessarily based on the number of employees.
The provision of AED’s (defibrillators) for the treatment of sudden cardiac arrest should also be considered where occupational first aiders are available. The training of other employees in the use of defibrillators, who are not occupational first aiders is also encouraged.
The course is divided into 8 units as follows:
- First Aid in the workplace. Role of the first aider. Personal and scene safety. Post-traumatic stress
- Patient Assessment. Primary and Secondary assessment. Breathing assessment. Spinal assessment.
- Respiratory Emergencies. Respiratory arrest. Asthma. Airway obstruction. Barrier devices. Rescue breathing.
- Cardiac First Response including defibrillation. C.P.R for adults, children and infants. Safe use of an automatic external defibrillator. Recognition and treatment of cardiac arrest, heart attack, stroke, angina. Aspirin delivery.
- Wounds and bleeding. Management of bleeding. Head, eye and facial injuries. Slings, bandages and sterile dressings.
- Altered levels of consciousness. Physical shock. The nervous system. Fainting. Recovery position.
- Musculoskeletal injuries. Fractures, strains, sprains and dislocations. R.I.C.E. principle
- Burns and scalds, chemicals and electric shock.. Minor and Major burns. Chemical burns. Poisons. Eye injuries. Electric shock.
Skills demonstrations (2): 40% of total marks
Written test: 20% of total marks
Lifesaving skills (CPR & AED): 40% of total marks
Students have to pass each section
Pass: 50 – 64%
Merit: 65 – 79%
Distinction: 80 – 100%