First aid at work (1 day a week)

Who is it for?

This course is ideal for higher or advanced level hazards (e.g. construction, manufacturing or chemical plants) or where your needs assessment identifies a requirement to provide additional training, covering a broad syllabus including the recognition and treatment of a wider range of conditions.


3 days, 1 day a week



Course content includes:

The HSE guidelines set out a syllabus for first aid at work in accordance with set criteria for selecting a training provider. The guidance cites the specific use of teaching materials such as the current edition of the first aid manual of the Voluntary Aid Societies (including the British Red Cross), who are acknowledged by the HSE guidance as standard setters for first aid practice.

By selecting the Red Cross as your training provider you can be confident that attendees receive a quality learning experience built on our extensive experience and input to the HSE requirements.

In addition to the topics covered on an emergency first aid at work course, on completion of training, successful candidates will be able to:

a) administer first aid to a casualty with:

  • injuries to bones, muscles and joints, including suspected spinal injuries
  • chest injuries
  • eye injuries
  • sudden poisoning
  • anaphylactic shock

b) recognise the presence of major illnesses and provide appropriate first aid (including heart attack, stroke, epilepsy, asthma, diabetes).

This course now includes a practical, hands-on automated external defibrillator (AED) awareness session using trainer AEDs, a move which has been welcomed by the Health and Safety Executive, citing that awareness training instils greater confidence in the use of AEDs.


First aid at work certificate valid for three years. For best practice we support the HSE recommendation to complete an annual update of your first aid skills


Our courses are renowned for providing a quality learning experience offering hands-on practical training skills that leave first aiders feeling confident to use their skills in a real life situation. It is therefore important that participants are physically able to perform the relevant actions and techniques included in the HSE syllabus.

As the HSE requires at least 18 training and assessment contact hours for this course, participants must be in attendance for their entire course duration to be eligible for evaluation and qualify for a certificate for First Aid at Work.


For more information on this course please call 0844 871 8000.

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