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Emergency First Aid vs. First Aid at Work – Which is better?

If you’re new to the world of First Aid and Health & Safety, the sheer number and variety of course training providers available out there can leave you feeling dizzy and sick. So how can you tell what’s appropriate for your business or staff? What do you learn on a multi-day course which you don’t at a single day’s training? At PJH Safety Training we believe that choosing a first-rate first aid course shouldn’t make you ill – Hence we’ve put together a few helpful tips on how emergency training differs from first aid at work, what you can expect them to cover and which is more suitable for you and your business.

Emergency First Aid – 1-day course (£75 + VAT)

This is a course for low-risk environments for staff who need to be qualified emergency first aiders. Here you will learn about dealing with a sudden unexpected accident or collapse. Highly useful, staff that successfully complete this 1-day training course will receive the QA Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (QCF) qualification, which meets your employers’ responsibilities under HSE legislation. The emphasis of this course is very much around dealing with an immediate emergency, including such things as delivering CPR, using an AED (Automated External Defibrillator), choking, seizures, as well as dealing with non-life threatening injuries such as cuts and minor burns.

Think of this course like a simple First Aid kit: Good for treating a range of non-life threatening events as well as giving practical advice on saving a life in an emergency. This is an excellent starter course to provide essential knowledge and confidence to your business’ nominated first aider.

First Aid at Work – 3-day course (£180 +VAT)

Incorporating all of the emergency first aid content from the 1-day course, this option provides a far wider and deeper appreciation of Health & Safety in the workplace. This is extremely useful for staff that are expected to take the lead when it comes to the requirements of the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981. Covering such topics as overall incident management the 3-day course includes training on dealing with specific injuries and collapses which may happen in the workplace. This takes in conditions such as diabetes, heart attacks, angina, suspected spinal injuries and fractures in differing areas of the body. As a much more comprehensive First Aid course this also incorporates additional skills in the appraisal of an injured person’s condition, such as how to carry out a head to toe survey.

Successful completion of the 3 day, First Aid at work course provides staff with a recognised Level 3 certification which is valid for 3 years.

Want to know more about First Aid, Health & Safety training courses?

PJH Safety delivers a wide range of IOSH and Qualsafe accredited training courses for businesses of all sizes in the North West of England, as well as across the UK. We also welcome enquiries from overseas clients.

For friendly, professional H&S advice you can trust simply call PJH Safety Training today on 01925 812095 / 07969 344673 or email us at

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