Occupational First Aid

Regulation 165(1)(b) requires employers to designate at each place of work under the employer’s control the number of occupational first-aiders as is necessary to give first-aid at the place of work concerned.

PLEASE NOTE: As of January 2012, QQI no longer issue separate certificates for First Aid Refresher courses. Participants will instead receive a PSTC Certificate.  This certificate is still valid and meets the requirements of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, General Application Regulations 2007 and the Occupational First Aid Assessment Agent and is in accordance with QQI Quality Assurance standards. This 1 day Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI) Occupational First Aid level 5 Component certificate course covers all the essential aspects of Occupational First Aid as outlined in Module 5N1207 and was introduced on 1st September 2008. Refresher courses are essential every two years for certified First Aiders to keep up with developments in First Aid practice, and to refresh skills that may be only intermittently used.

This refresher course will provide the learner with the knowledge, practical skills to give effective life support, diagnose & treat injuries or illness, and maintain care and comfort of the casualty and an understanding required to provide and co-ordinate first aid in the workplace in compliance with the requirements of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007: Part 7 – Chapter 2: First Aid and associated guide to these regulations. An occupational first aider is a qualified person who is trained by a registered competent instructor in accordance with the standard set by the H.S.A. of Ireland and the P.H.E.C.C. The new 2008 standard consists of 8 units listed below and includes Cardiac First Responder training in automated external defibrillators (AEDs) as per PHECC standard and administering aspirin for heart attack patients. This programme is delivered as 1 day course by Certified Occupational First Aid Instructor from the HSA register. This course can also be delivered at weekends if work requirements demand.

Who should attend?

Any qualified QQI Occupational First Aider that needs to be recertified within the 2 year period as per HSA guidelines.

Methods of Training

The course is highly interactive with each theory session being followed by demonstration, practical tasks (including AED DVD for unit 4) and assessment of individual skills.

Course Objectives

Learners who successfully complete this course will:

  • Understand the responsibilities of the occupational first aider.
  • Be familiar with health and safety legislation on first aid provision in the workplace.
  • Be able to provide treatment for preserving life or minimising the consequences of injury until the arrival of medical aid.
  • Be able to provide treatment in the workplace for injuries which do not require the attention of a medical practitioner or nurse.
  • Be able to co-ordinate first aid arrangements in the workplace.
  • Successful participants will be registered as Occupational First Aiders
  • Demonstrate up-to-date practical skills
  • Explain new developments in First Aid

Course Programme

  • Unit 1: First aid in the workplace
  • Unit 2: Patient assessment
  • Unit 3: Respiratory emergencies
  • Unit 4: Cardiac first response
  • Unit 5: Wounds and bleeding
  • Unit 6: Altered levels of consciousness
  • Unit 7: Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Unit 8: Burns and scalds, chemicals, electric shock

Pre-Course Requirements Participants must hold a current Occupational First Aid Certificate. Occupational First Aid Refresher training must be attended within 2 years of original certificate.

Assessment/Certification Assessment is continuous throughout the course and you receive a certificate of attendance on the day

  • Basic Life Support (CPR) Skills  40%
  • Examination (Short Answer Questions)  20%
  • Skills Demonstration x 2  40%


  • Pass  50-64%
  • Merit  65-79%
  • Distinction  80-100%


1 Day

Maximum Number of  Participants:

10 Per Session


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