Important up date on Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) course

The new AoFAQ Emergency First Aid at Work qualification changes from a Level 2 to a Level 3

Form the 1st October the Emergency First Aid at Work qualification changes from a Level 2 to a Level 3. These changes more closely reflects the activities and responsibilities of the First Aider and falls in line with the First Aid at Work and Paediatrics First Aid qualifications.

  • DON’T PANIC: First Aiders currently holding a valid Level 2 EFAW qualification do not require requalification to the Level 3 EFAW until their existing qualification expires.

The main difference is that more emphasis is given to certain subject areas than before. The following highlights some of those areas.

  • Role and Responsibilities: may include reference to: preventing cross infection; the need for recording incidents and actions; safe use of available equipment; assessing an incident; summoning assistance; prioritising treatment; dealing with post incident stress.
  • Others may include: Casualty receiving first aid; work colleagues; other people within the workplace environment.
  • Consent: Learners should be aware of the need for consent on a continual basis when providing first aid. Implied consent can be assumed when treating an unresponsive casualty.
  • When necessary: Learners should be able to evaluate a situation to determine when to summon further assistance and what type of assistance to request.
  • When to administer Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation: must include agonal gasps and seizure- like episodes.
  • CPR must include: ‘correct placement of AED pads’ and ‘follows AED instructions’.
  • Recovery Position: a position that maintains a stable open draining airway.
  • Administer first aid: Provide appropriate help to a casualty, manage the situation and seek 
appropriate assistance when necessary.
  • Seizure: relates to a generalised seizure. First aiders should be suspicious of cardiac arrest in any 
casualty presenting with seizure.
  • Shock: hypovolaemic shock (resulting from blood loss)