First Aid FAQ

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First Aid FAQ:

How often do first aiders need to re-qualify?

First Aid at Work certificates and typically all other first aid certificates in the UK will be valid for 3 years.   Common exceptions are Basic Life Support, Annual Refresher and AED attendance certificates which are valid for 1 year.

Can first aiders give medicine to casualties?

First aid at work training does not include giving tablets or medicationexcept using aspirin to treat a casualty with a suspected heart attack, which is covered in our BELS first aid program

Who Should attend First Aid Training Lessons

First Aid Training is most commonly overlooked. Most people never take a formal first aid class. Maybe your mother taught you some first aid as you grew.
Maybe you learned it as a Girl Scout, Boy Scout or in the Defence force.First aid training can help you until the person is assist by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) or transported to the local Emergency department.
Most importantly, First Aid Training may just save a person life, or the life of someone you love. First aid is just that - first! Good first aid training helps you recognize and treat life-threatening conditions and injuries.
If a colleague has prescription medicine, you may help them to take this but should not administer it for them.

Is learning first aid hard?

No. Our courses are designed for everyone. Most first aid procedures are easy to learn, are based on common sense and our professional first aid trainers will guide you through the course.

What about giving first aid to a stranger?

Think about all the time you spend with friends and family, or at work with colleagues and clients. Chances are you spend time with people you know and if they became injured or ill, knowing what to do can make all the difference to the outcome.

Can I get sued if I try to help someone and something goes wrong?

In a life threatening emergency, doing something is better than doing nothing. First aid is about sustaining life and minimising further injury until emergency help arrives. Many people who have had to use their skills in an emergency reflect that their training was enough to allow them to make a difference to the outcome.

As long as you make a reasonable attempt to help a person, the NSW Civil Liability Act 2002 (sometimes known as the Good Samaritan Act) states that individuals will not incur personal civil liability. click here.

Does my workplace need to train me in first aid?

There are a range of different requirements for first aid trained employees and first aid equipment, depending on the size, location and nature of your workplace.