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Emergency first aid at work: What you need to know

Learn the essentials of reacting to an emergency in the workplace

Emergency first aid in the workplace

A safe working environment is a basic right for all employees and a legal requirement for all employers. The emergency first aid at work qualification is essential because it provides first aiders with the skills required to react quickly and efficiently to those who become ill or injured at work.

There are a number of ways to make workplaces safe, such as thorough risk assessments, building and equipment maintenance, cleanliness, infection control and more. These aspects are mostly for preventative measures, with the aim of lowering the risk of future incidents. 

Unfortunately, accidents can still happen, even if the correct measures are taken. This is why it’s so important to have sufficient individuals in the workplace trained in emergency first aid.

What does emergency first aid cover? 

Emergency first aid training covers many injuries that can occur in all kinds of workplaces. These range from minor afflictions more likely to happen in low-risk workplaces to more serious injuries in high-risk environments. Being able to quickly adapt to any of the following areas is essential to providing comprehensive first aid:

  • CPR
  • Cardiac arrest (Automated External Defibrillator training included)
  • Choking
  • Bleeding
  • Shock
  • Minor injuries (fractures, bruises, slips and falls)


While this course covers the above-listed scenarios, it also explains how a first aider can properly assess and monitor a casualty and what their next steps should be. In some situations, knowing how to correctly convey information to emergency services can be just as important as delivering first aid. This course ensures that you receive full training and guidance on how to react in a range of situations. 

How can you become a certified emergency first aider? 

To obtain an emergency first aid at work certificate, you will need to complete a six-hour course over a minimum of one day. We complete our training in compliance with COVID-19 regulations and we also provide a blended training course in addition to the classroom. Upon completion of the course, learners will receive an accredited certificate and a qualification that lasts three years.

Sector-specific training 

As we know, every workplace is different. This means that workplace first aid is specific to each environment, as there will be different hazards and risks involved. We take this into account by offering personalised training courses for the following sectors:


This allows attendees to learn how to provide emergency first aid in their own working environments, which will be more valuable for the workplace. While we can adjust our course material to suit your needs, we will still comply with the learning outcomes outlined in:


Time for an emergency first aid at work refresher? 

For many businesses, reopening after the final lockdown saw many employees return to work after months either furloughed or working from home. Transitioning back into the workplace requires employees to refamiliarise themselves with health and safety at work.

Regardless of your sector, refreshing first aid knowledge and practical skills is a crucial component to a smooth return to the workplace. We can help you pick up where you left off and bring your first aiders back up to speed with an emergency first aid at work refresher course. Contact us today to get your emergency first aid at work training booked.