FAR 2 Day First Aid Refresher

First Aid Response (FAR) is a new training standard developed by PHECC the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council. PHECC is  an independent statutory body who set the standards for education and training for pre-hospital emergency care in Ireland.  The new FAR course is designed to improve, and replace the old Occupational First Aid course. An Occupational First Aider can take the 2 day FAR Refresher while their OFA certificate is still in date, saving the need to attend the full FAR 3 Day Course. FAR also includes the PHECC Cardiac First Response Community Level training course.  The FAR 2 Day First Aid Refresher Course is a total of 12 hours training, practical exercises and assessments. The course is for a maximum of 6 trainees per instructor. Having a ratio of 6 trainees to each instructor ensures a high level of quality training for the course attendees.

FAR Course modules cover:

  • Patient Assessment
  • Incident Procedures
  • Cardiac First Response (CPR & AED, Choking & Stroke)
  • Common Medical Emergencies (Asthma, Diabetes, Seizures, Poisoning & Fainting)
  • Injury Management & Shock (Bleeding, Bone Injuries, Sprains, Strains & Dislocations, Shock)
  • Care of the Unconscious Patient
  • Burns & Electrical Injury Care
  • Hypothermia & Hyperthermia
  • Information Management & Communications
  • The Well-Being of the First-Aid Responder

On completion of this 2-day refresher course, the First Aid Responder will be equipped with the necessary practical skills, knowledge and competance 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.

The First Aid Response Refresher 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.