Occupational First Aid (OFA) 5N1207

From the 31st May 2018 the Health and Safety Authority will only recognise PHECC approved Occupational First Aid training in Ireland. The Authority states it will continue dual recognition of the QQI SN1207 and PHECC FAR standard up to May 31st 2018.

From the 31st May 2018 First Aid Response Education and Training Standard (FAR) is the new minimum Occupational First Aid qualification for all workplace first aiders.

Occupational First Aid is a 3 day course that starts at 9am and finishes at 5pm.

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It’s a level 5 course on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) accredited by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI previously was FETAC).

Employers are required to have a number of certified Occupational First Aiders in the workplace to administer first aid as required by the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 and the (General Application) Regulations 2007.

The number of First Aiders required is specified in the HSA Guidelines on First Aid at Places of Work.


  • To provide the Occupational First Aider with the necessary skills to administer effective first aid in the workplace;
  • To deal with emergencies;
  • To assess and treat injuries;
  • To maintain care and comfort of the casualty until medical treatment can be provided;
  • To comply with Occupational Health and Safety legislation.

Who should attend?
Persons who want to qualify as an Occupational First Aider and deliver first aid in an occupational setting.

Course Content
  • Responsibilities of first aider, Assessment and Accident Procedure
  • Principles of Treatment
  • The Nervous System
  • Head Injuries
  • Shock, Fainting, Unconsciousness
  • Patient Approach, Examination of Casualty, Recovery Position
  • Asphyxia and its causes
  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation practical
  • AED training
  • Examination of the eye, Treatment of foreign bodies and
  • Chemical splashes
  • Poisoning
  • Burns and Scalds, Corrosive injuries, Chemical splashes
  • Blood and the circulation, Wounds and bleeding, Control of bleeding
  • Dressings and bandages- application, including improvisation
  • Fractures – causes, types, signs and symptoms
  • Sprains, strains and dislocation
  • Crush injuries – General rules for treatment
  • Handling and transport including improvisation
  • Dressing and bandaging fractures
  • Epilepsy, Asthma and Diabetes – definition, causes, treatment
  • Emergency First Aid Kits – contents
  • Revision – theory and practical
  • final Examination

This course is a highly interactive.
Theory is followed by skill demonstrations and practical application by participants.


  • A good working knowledge of English, both written and oral;
  • A level 4 certificate, a leaving certificate or equivalent qualifications and/or life and work experience;
  • Bring your PPS number and date of birth for QQI (previously was FETAC) registration.

Course Certificate / Validation
This level 5 course is accredited by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI, which previously was FETAC).
The certificate is valid for two years.

To maintain the validity of your certificate, you need to attend a one-day re-certification course before the two-year period is up.

Course Duration
3 Days

Instructor Qualifications
All our instructors are well qualified and experienced: they are health and safety professionals who can teach.

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