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    “We have used Surrey First Aid Training for several years now. Booking the course with the admin staff was really straightforward and they made the whole process very easy. They were happy to ensure the course booked really met our needs. Thank you all so much - if asked I would definitely recommend you to anyone"
    The Tanshire Clinic, Elstead, Surrey

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    “Very easy from start to finish, from getting a quote, booking the course and the actual training itself. Trainer was very knowledgeable and friendly. Would recommend and use again"
    Bletchingley Village Primary School, Surrey

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    "Our team really enjoyed the training and were very complimentary about the trainer. Thank you for sending through the certificates in a speedy manner."
    Jack and Jill School, Hampton, Greater London

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    “It was a wonderful days training, I did not feel like it was a day out of my weekend, more like a valuable well invested day updating my First Aid Training knowledge and practice. The trainer was wonderful, cheerful, clear and expressive with detailed knowledge and advice. I couldn't have faulted the days training at all."
    Sue, Childminder

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    “Surrey First Training were very flexible and worked with us to ensure our requirements could be met. They were courteous, professional and accommodating and provided an excellent service and training session that allowed all the participants to fully practice their First Aid skills and leave with confidence."
    Playmates Nursery, Chessington, Surrey

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    “I was VERY impressed! I have found my experience with the course and the booking process so good I would definitely recommend them to anybody without hesitation! Thank you very much."
    Southampton University Mountaineering Club, Hampshire

Schools are subject to the Health and Safety (First Aid) Act 1981 and therefore have the same minimum legal First Aid requirements as workplaces. However, the HSE guidelines for First Aid at Work only cover employees. Schools have an additional obligation to provide First Aid provision for students.

Doing your Due Diligence? Surrey First Aid Quality Assurance

So what does your School need to do to comply?

Assessment of First Aid needs

The first thing employers need to do is carry out an assessment of their first aid needs. You will need to consider the following things

  • Employees – how many do you have? Do they have any disabilities or health problems?
  • Pupils – how many do you have? Do they have any disabilities or health problems
  • What injuries and illnesses have happened in your school before?
  • Are your premises spread out? – you may need first aid provisions for each building, floor etc. What about schools trips and off-site activities?
  • Do you have cover for when staff are absent – you may need extra provisions to cover annual leave and unexpected absences.
  • Specific risks – such as sports or science

What kind of First Aid do I need?

The Emergency First Aid at Work and First Aid at Work training qualifications are needed to meet your HSE requirements. We offer an Emergency First Aid for Schools course, which tailors this content so that it is appropriate for children and for a school setting. 

How many First Aid personnel do I need?

There are 3 types of first aid personnel

  • Appointed person – The person in charge of first aid provision who looks after equipment and calls the emergency services.
  • EFAW Trained – EFAW stands for Emergency First Aid at Work, this is one day (6 hour) course
  • FAW Trained – FAW stands for First Aid at Work, this is 3 day (18 hour) course
Level of hazard No. of people First aid personnel needed
Low-hazard < 25 At least one appointed person
25-50 At least one EFAW trained First Aider
>50 At least one FAW trained First Aider for every 100 people (or part thereof)

These are your minimum legal requirements, however good first aid provisions can literally save lives. We would always encourage you to go above and beyond the bare minimum to ensure your staff and pupils are safe. We recommend you train all your staff in Basic Life Support so that help is always readily available in the event of an emergency.

You may also want to consider additional First Aid training for specialist activities; sports departments may require Emergency First Aid for Sports; D of E leaders may require Remote Outdoor First Aid Training, and Early Years departments will require Paediatric First Aid.

We offer all of the courses mentioned above and can tailor these courses to your specific needs. You can find information about all of our courses here.

Know what you need?

Individuals or small groups visit our public courses page to see upcoming dates. Groups looking for in-house training send us an enquiry via our group booking enquiry form

If you are still unsure and would like to discuss your first aid requirements with us further, we will always be happy to help! Give us a call on 01483 238 268 or email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sources:

Health and Safety Executive (no date) Legislation available at http://www.hse.gov.uk/firstaid/legislation.htm

Health and Safety Executive (2014) First Aid at Work: Your questions answered, available at http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg214.pdf