Occupational First Aid Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) Level 5

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This course is necessary for employers who upon carrying out a risk assessment, find that it is necessary to have Occupational First Aiders trained to HSA standards. Employees are competent in the proper response to a workplace emergency. It provides staff with the knowledge and skills to deal with any injuries that are likely to take place in the workplace and meets and the Health, Safety and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007.


To understand the principles of first aid and gain the skills necessary to deal with any workplace emergency. All participants who pass the course successfully receive certification from an accredited HSA trainer and will be registered as Occupational First Aiders with the OFAAA

Trainers: All Instructors are qualified Paramedics with many years experience in front-line services and registered with OFAAA.

Course content

  • Unit 1: First Aid in the workplace – This Module covers the role of the occupational first aider, and his/her legal requirements.
  • Unit 2: Patient Assessment – Competent to carry out a primary survey followed on by a secondary survey, pulse, breathing, etc.
  • Unit 3: Respiratory Emergencies – The respiratory system and the occupational First Aider, i.e. dealing with a choking patient as well as mouth to mouth ventilation’s.
  • Unit 4: Cardiac first response – The chain of survival and calling for an ambulance, starting CPR and using a Defibrillator or AED effectively.
  • Unit 5: Wounds and Bleeding – Dealing with blood and wound injuries. Determine the different types of wounds and know how to treat them.
  • Unit 6: Altered levels of consciousness – The student learns how to treat shock and how to do the recovery position.
  • Unit 7: Musculosketal injuries – Treat patients who have fractured (broken) bones as well as deal effectively with casualties/patients who have sprains, strains and dislocations.
  • Unit 8: Burns and scalds, chemicals, electric shock – The treatment of major and minor burns as well as the many different causes of burns. It covers poisoning and how to treat someone who has been poisoned. The course covers electrical shock and how to manage a patient who has been electrocuted.

Certification / Assessment
Participants complete a theoretical exam and skills assessments as per the following
Basic life savings skills 40%
Examination (short answer question) 30%
Skills demonstration x 2 (15% per Skill)

All assessments are carried out in accordance with Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) requirements and are both internally and externally authenticated before certification is issued. All participants have the right to appeal their results, the appeals procedure is also in accordance with QQI regulation. The examination is conducted by an independent instructor.

All successful candidates in the written and practical exams will be awarded a QQI level 5 certificate which is valid for 2 years.

Grading of the exam is as follows
Pass 50% – 64%
Merit 65% – 79%
Distinction 80% – 100%

Duration: 3 days (20 hours)

Max 10 Students, as per OFAAA and HSA criteria

Price: € 1700 per class

Maximum of 10 students

Successful Students receive a QQI certificate as well as relevant course material.

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