The Health and Safety Authority (HSA):
The HSA has announced that from September 1st 2017 it will only recognise the PHECC First Aid Response Education and Training Standard (FAR) as meeting the needs of occupational first aid (OFA) in all workplaces.
PHECC: (Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council). PHECC is an independent statutory body who set the standards for education and training for pre-hospital emergency care in Ireland.
First Aid Response (FAR): FAR is PHECC’s newest education and training standard. It’s a foundation first aid course that trains course participants to provide first aid for a person who becomes suddenly unwell or injured until the arrival of emergency medical services. FAR includes the full Cardiac First Response Community standard also.
Occupational First Aiders can still attend the 1-Day Occupational First Aid Refresher Course once they are within the permitted time-frame until 31st August 2017.
Beyond 31st of August 2017 existing Occupational First Aiders will have to attend the First Aid Response Refresher course, existing certificates must be within the 2 year limit (no grace period).
The HSA will recognise training and assessment relating to QQI’s Level 5 OFA that took place up to 31 August 2017. That recognition will be for a 2 year period. Refresher certificates issued by recognised training providers up to 31 August 2017 will also be recognised by the HSA for a 2 year period.
Instructors wishing to deliver training of the FAR course have to make the transition from OFA instructors to FAR Instructors by recognition of prior learning (RPL).
Only certified FAR Instructors shall delver the FAR course on behalf of CMSE.