Sapira 4 FAW- First Aid at Work (18 Hours)

First Response, Implementing ICE, Risk Assessment, PPE & Spill Kits

Course Description

Developed in association with our partner First4Aid, this 18 hour course complies with the minimum requirements of the HSE accreditation, Emergency First Aid at Work but, also covers the basics of Spill/Incident response as well. The aim is to reduce the effects of injury or illness suffered as a result of a spill incident as well as providing an effective First Aid at Work Course. For companies developing a spill response resource and wishing to comply with the minimum legislative requirements of the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 this course ticks both boxes. The EFAW training, embedded within the course, enables a first-aider, or perhaps several members of the spill/incident team to give emergency first aid to someone who is injured or becomes ill while at work. Where the work involves hazards such as chemicals or dangerous machinery, or special hazards such as hydrofluoric acid or confined spaces, first-aid requirements will be greater. In these circumstances we would recommend our more advanced 3 day First Aid at Work for Spill Response Course.

Please note: This course is only delivered at your site we do not run open courses as we believe it important to tailor each course to your site conditions.


Who should attend?

  • Members of staff who wish to become accredited as First Aiders
  • All Senior Managers responsible for incident management
  • Spill Team Leaders and members of the Spill Team


Benefits to Your Business

  • Improved response to Incidents and Emergencies
  • Spill Contingency Plan correctly conceived and First Aid integrated within your Emergency Response
  • Correct use and selection of First Aid products
  • Integration of health, safety and environmental systems


Course Objectives

By the end of this course, delegates will be competent in:

  • providing emergency first aid at work:
    • understanding the role of the first aider;
    • referring to the use of available equipment;
    • recognising the need to record incidents and actions;
    • understanding the importance of basic hygiene in first aid procedures;
    • assessing the situation and circumstances in order to act safely, promptly, effectively in an emergency;
    • administering first aid to someone who is unconscious;
    • administering first aid to someone who is having a seizure;
    • administering cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR);
    • administering first aid to someone with a wound or bleeding injury;
    • administering first aid to someone who is in shock;
    • administering first aid to a casualty who is choking;
    • providing appropriate first aid for minor injuries.
  • recognising the presence of major illness and applying general first aid principles in its management
  • demonstrating the correct first aid management of:
    • soft tissue injuries;
    • injuries to bones including suspected spinal injuries;
    • chest injuries;
    • burns and scalds;
    • eye injuries;
    • sudden poisoning;
    • anaphylactic shock.
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Typical Course Cost £1,550

(Min 6 Max 12 Delegates)

Sapira 4FAW Course Structure and Methodology[1]

A program of distinct elements, including practical and desk top exercises, based on and featuring several case studies and example documents.

Topics Covered include :-

  • Scoping & Surveying
    • The Role of a First Aider
    • Scene Safety
    • Approaching a Casualty
  • Assessment
    • Assessing a Casualty
    • Clearing the Airway
    • Recovery Position
    • Surveys, History Taking and Physical Assessment
    • Medical Conditions: Allergies, Anaphylactic Shock, Diabetic Emergencies, Poisoning
  • Planning
    • Raising the alarm, invocation, escalation and trigger points
    • Handling Hazardous Spills - Do's & Don'ts- PPE
  • Implementation
    • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
    • Alternative Ventilation Procedures
    • Introduction to Automated External Defibrillation
    • Choking
    • Severe Bleeding
    • Shock Management
  • Review & Response
    • Respiratory Illnesses: Asthma, Hyperventilation, Chest Injuries
    • Circulatory Illnesses: Angina, Heart Attack, Stroke, Fainting
    • Environmental Injuries: Electrical, Burns
    • Environmental Illnesses: Frostbite, Hypothermia, Heat Exhaustion, Heat Stroke
    • Nervous System Illnesses: Epilepsy and Seizures, Head and Spine
    • Injuries: Eyes, Fractures, Dislocations, Sprains and Strains, Crush/Compression
  • Audit
    • Health and Safety: First Aid Kits, 'RIDDOR', 'COSHH', Accident Recording


Equipment and Room Requirements

  • Data Projector
  • TV Video
  • Blackboard or Chalkboard
  • Conference Table & Chairs


Practical Exercise

Minimum requirements include:

  • Manikin per four students
  • Procedures and equipment to maintain hygiene of used equipment
  • One dressing/bandage per student
  • One seat per student
  • Adequate writing surfaces for students wishing to take notes
  • Current reference book appropriate to the course aims, objectives and outcomes, per student
  • Audio-visual equipment as preferred, appropriate to the course aims, objectives and outcomes.



Delegates will be provided with worksheets but should bring their own writing materials


18 hours


Candidates must be over 16 years of age and physically fit

All venues must:

  • have adequate space for all course students to complete practical and theory work
  • have adequate ventilation, light for reading and ‘shirt sleeve’ environment temperature control
  • have safe and well lit access and exits that are suitable for those with special needs
  • be clean, tidy, hygienic and have either carpeted areas or mats provided for practical sessions
  • have separate toilet facilities for male and female students


[1] Sapira reserve the right to update and modify the course content and/or fee as required. This course outline is indicative. As a part of our continuous improvement programme, the course will be adjusted as deemed appropriate prior to each delivery in response to pre course evaluation and or changes to regulations.

[2] The Sapira™ process and methodology is Copyright to Mark and Christine East © Dec 2010-12-16