Occupational First Aid Re-certification

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This course is a one-day re-certification course that runs from 9am till 5pm.

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.

This course is open to occupational first aiders who can show NISO a valid QQI (FETAC) Occupational First Aid certificate and  re-certification certificates where applicable. A copy needs to be sent in to us at least 5 working days prior to the course commencing.

All learners must provide evidence of previous OFA training in order to attend this course. All OFA instructors will require a copy of the letter and/or certificate given to the learner on their previous OFA course which clearly states the dates of the aforementioned training and a copy of their QQI (FETAC) Level 5 OFA Certificate. The date on the QQI (FETAC) certificate is NOT to be used. This date could be at least 4 months after the OFA course took place. If the learner is unable to provide evidence of previous training then they are not allowed to attend the one-day refresher course.

All learners attending a one-day refresher will receive a certificate of attendance. This certificate will clearly state the date the training was completed on and the learners QQI certificate number.

If the learner is attending a one-day refresher after two years there is a 90-day grace period. For example if a learner attended an OFA course on 30th September 2015 then they must attend a one-day refresher on or before 28th December 2017.

If a learner has exceeded the two years and 90 days then they will have to attend the 3-day course again.

This course is designed to ensure first aiders keep up to date with developments in occupational first aid practices, changes in legislation and relevant guidelines.

Participants update their knowledge and practical skills in administering First Aid in the workplace especially when these skills may only be intermittently used.

Who should attend?
Persons with a valid Irish Occupational First Aid Certificate who wish to update and refresh their knowledge and skills in administering First Aid.

Course Content
  • Assessment, Accident scene management
  • Circulation, wounds and bleeding
  • Respiration, asphyxia and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (C.P.R)
  • C.P.R – 50% to include student practice
  • Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) training
  • Unconsciousness
  • Fractures, sprains, strains and dislocations
  • Burns and scalds, chemical poisons, electric shock
  • Medical emergencies, crush and spinal injuries
  • Casualty transportation
  • Additional Occupational First Aid (OFA) situations encountered by participants in the course  of their work

A highly interactive approach using a variety of training methods.

Course Validation / Certificate
Participants who have successfully completed the course and passed the exams will be issued with a NISO certificate that specifies the date the course was taken and the validity of the certificate.  This has to be kept with your OFA certificates.

Course Duration
1 Day from 9am to 5pm

Instructor Qualifications
All instructors have the appropriate qualifications to deliver Occupational First Aid training.

Requirements to attend the course

  • Each participant must hold a current Occupational First Aid Certificate and need to bring a copy. We keep this copy for our records.
  • Your PPS number
  • Your date of Birth

Please note, a certificate cannot be more than 90 days out of date. We are unable to accept learners who have not sent us a copy of their valid certificate.

Course Materials
Some manikins and individual first aid kits with bandaging are available for participants to practice their skills throughout the course.

Evaluation Methods
Participants complete a written examination based on Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and their practical skills are assessed.

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