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 HSA have 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 Health and Safety Authority (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.

PHECC has approved a large number of organisations as PHECC FAR Recognised Institutions (RIs). The current list of RIs can be found at Additional applications continue to be processed.

Individuals wishing to become FAR instructors should familiarise themselves with PHECC FAR Instructor requirements at

The instructor/learner ratio is 1:8, recertification training involves a second day and a 30 day grace period is allowed.