Course details

All employers should provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to enable first aid to be given to employees if they are injured or become ill at work. How much first-aid provision an employer has to make depends on the circumstances of each workplace.

In assessing their needs, employers should consider the:

  • nature of the work and workplace hazards and risks
  • size of the organisation and the nature of the workforce
  • organisation's record of accidents and ill health
  • working arrangements.

If, having assessed first-aid needs, an employer decides to appoint first aiders, the first aiders must be competent.

There are two levels of first aid training in the workplace:

  • the three-day First Aid at Work (FAW) course
  • a one-day Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) course.

In general terms, the EFAW course may be more suitable for lower-risk work environments, such as offices and shops and/or organisations with fewer than 100 employees.

Course Structure

This one day course takes a detailed look at a range of emergency situations and combines both theory and practical sessions. It is delivered in association with Medic Services International Ltd. utilising a very experienced paramedic and trainer.


At the conclusion of the programme the expected learning outcomes are that the student will have:

  • A basic knowledge of first aid skills required in lowrisk workplaces
  • The confidence and ability to perform basic first aid calmly and confidently in the event of an emergency
  • The chance to demonstrate their understanding and gained knowledge


The main areas covered by the syllabus are:

  • the roles and responsibilities of a first aider
  • the legal requirements for first-aid provision
  • the importance of accurate incident reporting
  • first-aid equipment and its safe use
  • the need to minimise the risk of infection
  • the importance of assessing an incident
  • undertaking a primary survey - DRs ABC
  • when and how to call for help.

It also provides the opportunity to practise the skills needed to administer first aid to a casualty who is:

  • unconscious
  • suffering certain medical conditions
  • not breathing
  • choking
  • bleeding from a wound
  • in shock
  • suffering from a minor injury.

Who should attend?

This qualification is designed for anyone nominated by their employer to be an Emergency First Aider.


BSS can arrange courses and assessments as required. Candidates are assessed on their competence to carry out first-aid procedures and on their understanding of the principles of first aid. Practical assessment will take place at intervals throughout the training programme, and at the end of the session candidates will complete an examination consisting of a multiple-choice question paper.

Successful completion of the training programme for the Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work will provide candidates with the knowledge and skills to undertake first aid in a variety of work situations.

On successful completion of an EFAW course, candidates are issued with a certificate from the examining body, First Aid Awards, which will be valid for three years. They then need to undertake an EFAW requalification course to obtain another three-year certificate.

It is strongly recommended that all first aiders (FAW and EFAW) do an annual half-day refresher course - to help them to maintain their basic skills and keep up to date with any changes to first-aid procedures.

Who are BSS?

British Safety Services are major suppliers of training in the field of occupational safety, health and environment both in the UK and abroad. The current programme includes:

  • NEBOSH Diploma in Environmental Management
  • NEBOSH International Diploma
  • NEBOSH International General Certificate
  • NEBOSH Technical Oil and Gas Certificate
  • CCNSG Nationally Accredited Safety Passport

About British Safety Services

BSS is one of the leading providers of health and safety training in the UK and across the globe.

Since being the first NEBOSH accredited Training Provider to export the NEBOSH National General Certificate, NGC, outside the UK shores, (Muscat, Oman; 1993), BSS has gone on to score several other firsts;

  • First to present the NGC in the Sultanate of Oman
  • First to present the NEBOSH Award in Occupational Safety & Health in Algeria
  • First to present the NEBOSH Award in Occupational Safety & Health in Libya
  • First NEBOSH registered Centre in Algeria
  • First NEBOSH registered Centre in China
  • First NEBOSH registered Centre in Qatar for the International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety
  • First in Qatar to conduct the International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety, with 100% pass rate, of which 7% were distinctions, 57% credits and 36% base passes
  • First to Present the NEBOSH International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety in China.
  • First to offer the IOSH Supervising Safely, (which was written by BSS and donated to IOSH).
  • BSS was one of the trusted few chosen to pilot the NEBOSH International Construction Certificate in the UAE.
  • BSS are extremely proud of their exceptional results and pass rate with the NEBOSH National General Certificate.

BSS is proud of their exciting development of services in the provision of Health, Safety, and Environmental, (HSE), training and consultancy. With 9 regional offices, UK, Qatar, Dubai, Yemen and China, with our two most recent offices now open in Algeria and Libya. BSS also has representative offices in Kuwait and Pakistan.

Additionally, BSS is represented on various industry bodies, and has close links with both CIEH and NEBOSH. NEBOSH revision papers and guidance is available to existing clients via the “client log in” area.

If you need support in health and safety training – in house within your organisation either in the UK or internationally, or need to attend one of our open courses please contact us.

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