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Occupational First Aid Course

This three day course is designed for employees wishing to become Occupational First Aiders. Successful participants are certified as Occupational First Aiders in accordance with current Health & Safety Legislation and will be awarded a FETAC Level 5 Certificate.  

This course will provide the learner with the knowledge and practical skills to give effective life support, diagnose and treat injuries or illness and maintain the care and comfort of the casualty. An Occupational First Aider is a qualified person who is trained by a registered competent instructor in accordance with the standards of Ireland and the P.H.E.C.C.

Course Objectives

  • Understand the responsibilities of the Occupational First Aider

  • Be able to provide treatment for the purpose of providing life or minimising the consequences of injury until discharge or arrival of medical assistance

  • Be able to provide treatment for an injury which does not require medical assistance

  • Be capable of coordinating first aid arrangements in the workplace

  • Be familiar with the Health and safety legislation of first aid provision in the work place

Course Summary

Certification: FETAC Level 5

Duration:  3 Day Course

Pre-Requisites:  there are no pre-requisites required for this course.

Course Overview

Who Should Attend?

Anyone who wants to be trained and certified as an Occupational First Aider and deliver first aid care according to the protocols taught in the course.  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 occupational first aiders trained and deployed in the workplace.  All successful candidates in the written and practical exams will be awarded a FETAC Level 5 Certificate which is valid for 2 years.  

Course Content

Unit 1

First Aid in the Workplace

This module covers the role of the occupational first aider, the legal requriements and how to effectively ensure the safety of the first aider in the workplace

Unit 2

Patient Assessment

After this module, the candidate will be able to do a primary survey on a potential casualty. They will know how to take vitals (pulses, breathing etc.,) signs and treat a casualty with a suspected neck injury.

Unit 3

Respiratory Emergencies

This module covers the functions of the respiratory system and show the occupational first aider how to manage a choking patient as well as how to do mouth to mouth ventilations.

Unit 4

Cardiac First Response

After this module the student will understand the chain of survival and will be able to activate their links, by calling for an ambulance, starting CPR and using a defibrillator effectively

Unit 5

Wounds and Bleeding

This module teaches the student how to deal with blood injuries. They will know how to recognise the different types of wounds and know how to treat them.  They will be able to deal with head, eye and facial injuries as well as effectively minimizing the consequences of internal bleeding.

Unit 6

Altered Levels of Consciousness

The student learns how to treat shock and how to do the recovery position.  This will allow them to treat a casualty who has reduced or lost consciousness.

Unit 7

Musculoskeletal Injuries

At the end, the student will be able to treat patients who have fractured (broken) bones as well as deal effectively with casualties who have sprain, strains and dislocations.

Unit 8

Burns, Scalds, Chemicals, Electric Shocks

This module covers the treatment of major and minor burns as well as the many different causes of burns.  It also covers poisoning and how to treat someone who has been poisoned.  The student will also cover electrical shock and how to manage a patient who has been electrocuted.

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