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

Statement of the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) in relation to transition to Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) First Aid Response (FAR) training standard

7th June 2018

The transition to PHECC FAR is now complete.

Since the 1st June 2018, the HSA only recognises the PHECC FAR standard as meeting the needs of occupational first aid in workplaces.

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 already approved a large number of organisations as PHECC FAR Recognised Institutions (RIs). The current list of RIs can be found at Additional applications are currently being processed.

Existing OFA instructors who have not already done so should now apply to the RIs approved to provide FAR Instructor to become a PHECC FAR instructor by Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Individuals wishing to become instructors for the first time should familiarise themselves with PHECC FAR Instructor requirements at

PHECC recently announced an increased instructor/learner ratio from 1:6 to 1:8 and a 30 day grace period.

The requirement for refresher training involving a second day is also being reviewed but will take longer to resolve.