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First Aid Responder

Health and Safety legislation sets out the requirements for occupational first aiders.

This training enables HSE employees to administer a first aid response to employees. Completion of the first aid responder application form, which is part of the Training Needs Assessment (TNA), is required for requests for this training.

The First Aid Response course covers all of the occupational first aid requirements for places of work as outlined by the Health and Safety Authority.

Occupational first aiders must have refresher training every two years from the date of the course.

Contact the Health and Safety helpdesk for more information or advice

Who this training is for

The number of occupational first aiders will depend on several factors including the size of the undertaking, the numbers employed, the hazards arising, access to medical services, employees working away from their employer’s premises, and workers in isolated locations.

To aid the decision making process, complete the first aid responder application form,

For Basic Life Support (BLS) Training, contact either your local centre of nursing and midwifery education, resuscitation training department or officer, or professional development coordinator for practice nursing, as appropriate

Training format



  • To provide employees with the knowledge, practical skills and understanding required to provide and coordinate first aid in the workplace in compliance with the requirements of the Occupational First Aid Regulations 2007 and the associated guide to these Regulations
  • To enable course participants to provide first aid for a person who becomes suddenly unwell or injured until the arrival of emergency medical services

Upon completion of the First Aid Response course participants will be able to:

  • recognise and assess the causes and effects of sudden illness and/or injury in a pre-hospital environment and call for emergency medical services
  • react to such pre-hospital emergencies
  • respond in a safe, effective and appropriate manner to such emergencies utilising the First Aid Response skillset
  • record and report actions and interventions taken while responding to and managing such incidents and during handover to emergency medical services
  • retain a professional and caring attitude in your performance as a First Aid Responder

The course is First Aid Response (FAR) PHECC accredited.

How to book

Managers can book employees on this course by completing the first aid responder application form and logging a request on the NHSF Helpdesk, attaching the completed first aid responder application form.


3 days


An assessment takes place at the end of the third day. There is a practical and theoretical element to the assessment. Participants complete a multiple-choice examination paper and undertake two skills assessments.

In order to be successful, participants must achieve a mark of 80% or greater in each element of the assessment.

Course code

FAR-SHST- 028:01