First Aid

Occupational First Aid ranges from the treatment of minor cuts to the treatment of life threatening injuries.

First Aid Legislation

There are specific requirements on Occupational First Aid made under the Chapter 2 of Part 7 of the General Application Regulations 2007 (157KB Opens in new window).

Guidance on Meeting Your Legal Requirements Relating to First Aid

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has prepared  Guidelines on First Aid at Places of Work  as part of the Guide to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations  or take a look at our First Aid Frequently Asked Questions

First Aid Response

Since the 1st June 2018, the HSA only recognises the Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) First Aid Response (FAR) training standard as meeting the needs of occupational first aid in workplaces. However, any QQI OFA training completed prior to 1st June 2018 will be recognised for the full 2 years duration from the date of training.

Presently PHECC has approved 55 organisations as FAR Approved Training Institutions (ATIs) that can deliver FAR training.For a full list of ATIs, click here. Then at the bottom of the page under Course Name select First Aid Response and then Find.

Alternatively an employer can utilise an individual FAR instructor. As PHECC does not presently have a register/list of individual FAR instructors, the employer should establish from the individual instructor which ATI he/she is affiliated to. 

The initial FAR training is based on a 3 day (18 hour) classroom course and valid for 2 years. Recertification training is based on a 2 day (12 hour) classroom course. Some organisations are now developing blended learning which will reduce the classroom training to 2 days for the initial training and to 1 day for the recertification training.  

The instructor/learner ratio is 1:8 maximum and a 30 day grace period is allowed.

Individuals wishing to become FAR instructors should familiarise themselves with FAR instructor requirements on the PHECC website.