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ISM Training Services specialise in providing accredited training for both private and business customers to attain or renew their First Aid
Responder certificate. The FAR course replaces Occupational First Aid – QQI (FETAC) Level 5 course
From the 1st of September 2017 the HSA will only recognise PHECC FAR as meeting the needs of OFA in workplaces. The Health & Safety
Authority (HSA) now recognises the PHECC First Aid Response (FAR) training course as meeting the needs of occupational first aid. The FAR
Standard was developed by the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) an independent statutory body who set the standards for
education and training for pre-hospital emergency care in Ireland.
What is this course?
The First Aid Response course covers all of the occupational first-aid requirements for places of work as outlined by the Health and Safety Authority. 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 adequately trained first-aiders in the workplace. The specific requirements for first aid provision at work depends on several factors including the size of the workplace, the numbers employed, the hazards arising, dispersal of employees and access to medical services.
On completion of this 3-day course, the First Aid Responder will be equipped with the necessary practical skills, knowledge and confidence to give effective life support, diagnose and treat injuries or illness, and maintain care and comfort of a patient who has become suddenly ill or injured in the workplace or elsewhere until the arrival of emergency medical services. Also included is training in the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and the administration of aspirin for cases of a suspected heart attack.
Our approach to training incorporates both practical and interactive learning, giving the participants the confidence and ability to put theory
into practice and to cope with real-life situations that may arise in the workplace. Our instructors have years of practical experience in front line emergency care and tutoring all levels of learners.
The First-Aid Response Course is classroom based and has been designed to balance theory and practice incorporating scenario-based
training to achieve the learning outcomes and competencies specified in the PHECC standard.
Following the FAR course participants should be able to:
- Deal with life-threatening or potentially life-threatening conditions until the arrival of emergency medical services
- Provide an adequate response for conditions not thought to be life-threatening but are necessary to prevent further harm before the
emergency medical services arrive
- Provide first-aid in a wide range of environments including the workplace, home and recreational settings
- Display the requisite personal skills including composure, competence and self-confidence while understanding their limitations
Who should attend?
Employees of small, medium or large enterprises across all sectors and the self-employed.
What qualifications will I receive?
An assessment takes place at the end of the third day. There is a practical and theoretical element to the assessment. Participants complete a multiple-choice examination paper and undertake two skills assessments. In order to be successful, participants must achieve a mark of 80% or greater in each element of the assessment.
Successful completion of the First Aid Response course leads to certification by PHECC. All successful participants will receive a certificate which is valid for two years. Recertification in First Aid Response is required every 2 years.