Which First Aid course should I teach?

WorkSafe have a variety of First Aid programmes available which help work places to meet their health and safety due diligence requirements.

Here is our handy guide to each course!

Blended First Aid at Work

WorkSafe’s most comprehensive First Aid course covering a wealth of First Aid topics. Suitable for high-risk settings such as heavy industrial settings, secondary schools or construction companies with a high level of staff and a fair probability of an accident.   

Meeting the Health and Safety Executive standards, this course is designed to teach both First Aid theory and practical skills. The course covers management of a variety of illnesses and injuries in the workplace, including requirements for accident recording and first aid kit contents.

This course can be offered in the classroom for 18 hours or as a blended version, 6 hours of online theory and 12 hours in the classroom.

Emergency First Aid at Work

This 6 hour course is a great option for smaller, low risk settings such as offices or shops where adult only emergency first aid training is sufficient. The content covers the basic essentials required to provide emergency care. Candidates will receive training in a range of first aid skills including CPR, unconscious casualty, choking, bleeding, shock and seizures along with what should be in the first aid kit and accident reporting.

Basic Life Support

This short 3 hour course teaches life-saving skills, covering CPR, choking and bleeding. Our hands on approach ensures learners apply their skills in lifelike scenarios. WorkSafe Basic Life Support training meets the minimum training recommendations of an ‘Appointed Person’ in the workplace as detailed in the HSE Approved Code of Practice L74.

Basic Life Support and AED

Ideal for training First Aiders in a setting where an AED machine is present. 4 hours in the classroom includes an insight into heart anatomy as well as how to use defibrillator equipment.

Basic Life Support training is also included in the course so that it meets the minimum training recommendations of an ‘Appointed Person’ in the workplace as detailed in the HSE Approved Code of Practice L74.

Blended Paediatric First Aid

Our syllabus meets the requirements as set out by the Department for Education (DfES) early years settings. The syllabus includes CPR and choking modifications for children and infants, alongside common childhood illnesses and injuries.

The 12-hour course can be delivered completely in the classroom or as a blended option – 6 hours online learning prior to 6 hours in the classroom. Blended learning is a popular option as it offers flexibility for staff training.

Both the classroom and blended course options meet the requirements of OFSTED under DfES guidance (2021) complying with the framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Emergency First Aid for Schools

Our schools’ course is based on a standard work-place Emergency First Aid at work with the added benefit of topics that suit a school environment.

Candidates will cover emergency care procedures as well as modifications for child CPR and choking

The Schools’ Emergency First Aid at Work programme meets the requirements of the Health and Safety Executive for first aiders working in low risk environments.

Outdoor First Aid

Leading groups of people in remote areas or participating in any outdoor activity can bring with it unknown hazards.  Delays in emergency service attendance times, lack of effective communication and difficulty in evacuation of casualties all present additional problems for the first aider when working in the outdoors.  The focus of the WorkSafe First Aid for Outdoor Education programme is to address these issues.  Students receive training to provide first aid for longer periods than would be expected in more urban environments.

The course is delivered with practical scenarios and is ideally suited to a residential style two-day programme with access to outdoors for the practical element of the programme.

Emergency First Aid for Professional Drivers, Forestry & Sport

Our Specialised first aid courses are tailored to each industry. In addition to the core subjects delivered on an Emergency First aid at Work, selected topics relevant to the industry are included on the course.

Neck and head injuries are highlighted in First Aid for Professional Drivers and scene assessments are based on traffic incidents.

Asthma, fractures, seizures and major injuries are included in First aid for Sports.

First Aid for Forestry covers life-threatening bleeding, falling from height & Lyme disease.


Please be aware that is a guide only to course contents. It is the responsibility of the employer to risk assess the workplace and decide the best level of first aid cover for their business setting.

Details of how to manage risk with risk assessment templates can be found on the Health & Safety Executive website using the link below:

Managing risks and risk assessment at work – Overview -HSE