First Aid at Work Scheme of work This scheme of work is to ensure that all first aid at work courses comply with Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations, 1981. It will periodically be reviewed to comply with directives, updates and information provided by the By the UK Resuscitation Council by the European Resuscitation Council (ERC), where that agrees with the UK Resuscitation Council By the European Resuscitation Council (ERC), where that agrees with the UK Resuscitation Council In the current edition of the first aid manual of the Voluntary Aid Societies (St John Ambulance, St Andrew’s Ambulance Association and the British Red Cross) In other publications, provided they are based on sound medical, scientific research or are in line with the three above Course structure and organisation The -course must be run over a minimum of 4 days and completed within 13 weeks from commencement.. This is reduced to 2 days and 6 weeks respectively for re-qualification. Every session must be of at least 2 hours duration. For Re-qualification Training the centre MUST have a valid & current FAAW certificate from the candidate to make the award. A copy must be retained on file. Candidate details must be entered on the candidate database in full. The course will be run from client venues and 3rd party site. Each such site must have: o 1 seat per student with a suitable writing surface. o 1.25 m2 space per student o Adequate heating, lighting, ventilation, welfare amenities and noise control for a training environment o Male and female toilet facilities o A healthy and safe, clean environment with safe access and egress and non slip flooring. In addition the following equipment must be available: o Sufficient first aid equipment and supplies for each candidate o A/V equipment appropriate to the venue, o 1 Mannequin per 4 students minimum, o Current reference books, flip charts etc. should be available and appropriate to the lesson plan and the aims, objectives and outcomes. Mannequins and other appropriate equipment must be cleaned after each course / daily. Mannequins should also have lungs changed after each course, they must also be disinfected at least monthly. Candidates are expected to wear loose comfortable clothing and sensible footwear. Trainers will be expected to take a register of candidates and outline fire and emergency arrangements at the start of each course. Course content and Learning outcomes Each student must be able demonstrate that they are able to: o Act safely, promptly and effectively with emergencies at work. o Use first aid equipment including the contents of a first aid box. o Understand the duties of employers and the legal framework for first aid. o Maintain simple factual records n the treatment or management of emergencies. o Recognise and apply the importance of personal hygiene within first aid procedures. Each student must also be able to identify and implement the appropriate treatment for a casualty who: o Requires cardio-pulmonary resuscitation o Is unconscious. o Is bleeding or wounded. o Has a blocked airway o Is suffering an injury to bones muscles or joints. o Is suffering form shock. o Has been burned or scalded. o Has an eye injury. o Has been overcome by gas or fumes. o Has been poisoned or exposed to a harmful substance. o Has a head injury leading to concussion, compression of fracture. o Is suffering from anaphylaxis. o Is fitting or suffering from febrile convulsions. o Is suffering from extremes of heat or cold. o Has been electrocuted. They must also be able to recognise and respond to: o Major Illness o Minor Illness o The requirement for transportation and emergency services according to the workplace situation. Assessment and moderation Instructors and assessors MUST be qualified as stipulated by the HSE. Throughout the course there will be a process of ongoing assessment through observation and oral questioning. Reflective account and examination may also be used. Witness testimony is not permissible. If and when the instructor reaches that a professional judgement the candidate is competent then this will be recorded on the assessment criteria sheet. This MUST be signed by the instructor. The final assessment(s) must be passed and must: o Be practically based in order to allow observation of competence. o Include sufficient with oral questioning to test knowledge of theory. o It must determine that the candidate is competent and knowledgeable enough to deal with a patient who: o Is wounded or bleeding. o Is unconscious o Requires cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. Separate practical and question sessions may be used. The assessment must be observed by 2 assessors who have not been involved in training or instructing the candidate and it may NOT use another candidate as a casualty. The assessors’ observations and comments are to be recorded on the PER. Each assessor and instructor / trainer will be moderated by an assessor or the scheme leader at least yearly. This will be recorded on the record of internal moderation. Written feedback to trainers / instructors, assessors and, where needed, candidates will be recorded on the relevant feedback form. All candidates will also be given a course evaluation form.