Update on new requirements for First Aid training: Over the past 18 months the Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) has engaged with the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) to take control and responsibility for First Aid training. Occupational First Aid (OFA) training previously accredited by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) will now be accredited by the Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC). The new name for the First Aid course will be First Aid Responder (FAR) and it will be the recognised standard to meet the requirements of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007.
First Aid Courses completed before 1 September 2017: The Health & Safety Authority will recognise Occupational First Aid Course (QQI 5N1207) certificates issued up to 31 August 2017 for the full two year duration of the certificate. Any refresher certificate issued by a recognised training provider issued up to 31st August 2017 will also be recognised by the HSA for the full two year duration of the certificate. For people who have the old Occupational First Aid certificate, once they do the re certifying FAR course they will automatically get a new FAR certificate for two years.
Meeting the requirements of Childcare Regulations: As we understand it there are no recognized stand-alone paediatric courses in Ireland. So when completing the First Aid Responder (FAR) course, the instructor should cover the paediatric section of the course and provide written evidence to all childcare participants. This should be sufficient to cover the requirements of the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016. So from September 1st all First Aid training will be the 3 day FAR course which must include the paediatric section.
Details of the new FAR course: The new FAR course is 3 days in duration with a skills based and multiple choice assessments from the instructor. The course will have a maximum of 6 participants per instructor. This course will be required to be recertified after 2 years. The FAR refresher course will be a 2 day course.
Further information can be located on the PHECC website: https://www.phecit.ie and the health & Safety Authority website: http://www.hsa.ie/eng/Topics/First_Aid/First_Aid_Frequently_Asked_Questions/First_Aid_FAQ_Responses/First_Aid_FAQ_Responses.html
First Aid Trainers: The following First Aid Trainers have advised us that they are now registered as recognised institutions with Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) to deliver the First Aid Response (FAR) courses:
Contact: John Doyle Tel: 051 877354 086 8305475 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
First Aid & Medical Training Services
Contact: Denise Kelly Tel: 086 8474444 Email: email@example.com
Contact: Michael Kinsella. 087 2729794 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org