All employers in the UK have a legal obligation to safeguard the safety of their staff at their workplaces. With that in mind, one of the government’s legislations that all businesses and organisations must abide by is The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981.
When employers carry out risk assessments at each of their premises, they must then ensure that all appointed first-aiders complete a first aid at work course. Doing so means those first-aiders have the right knowledge and skills to perform first aid at their workplaces.
As you can imagine, there’s a cost associated with getting employees first aid trained. The thing is, what is the cost of a first aid course? The answer is simple: it depends!
First aid course costs
- Emergency First Aid at Work Course – £70-£130 depending on location and provider.
- First Aid at Work Course – £185-£300 depending on location and provider.
- First Aid at Work Requalification – £150-£250 depending on location and provider.
- Annual First Aid Refresher Course – £55-£90 depending on location and provider.
Which first aid course do I need?
To find out which first aid course you need there are a few factors to take into consideration. They are as follows:
How many employees do you have?
The number of first-aiders you have in your business or organisation will depend on how many employees you’ve got.
According to HSE’s guidelines regarding the first aid legislation, there aren’t any specific rules concerning how many first-aiders you should have. They do, however, give some guidance depending on how many workers you have and what they do:
Low hazard workplaces
Examples of low hazard workplaces include offices, shops, and libraries.
- Up to 25 employees: at least one ‘appointed person’ that takes charge of first aid equipment and facilities, and can contact the emergency services if needed. The appointed person should also provide cover during a first-aider’s absence;
- 25 to 50 employees: at least one first-aider trained in EFAW (emergency first aid at work);
- 51+ employees: a minimum of one first-aider trained in FAW (first aid at work) per 100 employees.
Higher hazard workplaces
Examples of higher hazard workplaces include engineering facilities, chemical manufacturing, food processing and warehousing.
- Up to five employees: at least one ‘appointed person’ that takes charge of first aid equipment and facilities, and can contact the emergency services if needed. The appointed person should also provide cover during a first-aider’s absence;
- 5 to 50 employees: at least one first-aider trained in EFAW (emergency first aid at work) or FAW (first aid at work), depending on the types of injuries most likely to get sustained by employees;
- 51+ employees: at least one first-aider trained in FAW per 50 employees.
Note: if you need training for more than one FAW or EFAW first-aider at your workplace, Skills Training Group can provide volume discounts.
How many sites have you got?
The next factor you must consider when determining your first-aider training costs is the number of sites managed by your business or organisation. You’ll likely need to have several staff members trained if you operate out of two or more locations.
Bear in mind that the type of first aid training required can impact your costs. For instance, low hazard workplaces may only need an EFAW first-aider, whereas higher hazard sites will demand FAW first-aiders.
FAW first-aiders may also be needed in low hazard sites where employees have underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, heart problems, and epilepsy.
It’s possible to reduce your first aid training costs with Skills Training Group by scheduling group training sessions for employees stationed at various sites.
What’s the risk levels at each of those sites?
The third factor to take into consideration when working out how much first aid training for your employees will cost are the risk levels at each of your worksites.
Irrespective of whether your sites have low or higher hazard risks, if you need several first-aiders, they’ll need training specific to the risks of their work getting undertaken. For example, one site with both offices and a warehouse will have different risks for each area.
There are different first aid courses available depending on the type of training required. Some courses may only run for one day, whereas others with more comprehensive training needed will get carried out over three days.
Which types of first aid courses do you require?
At Skills Training Group, we offer two first-aider training courses for employees that have never received such training in the past.
If your risk assessments have identified you have a low-risk workplace, the single-day EFAW (emergency first aid at work) course will suit your employees the most.
However, higher hazard-risk workplaces mean your staff must go on a three-day FAW (first aid at work) course.
As you can appreciate, the single-day EFAW training courses have the lowest costs, whereas the FAW courses that run over three days cost more due to the extra training involved.
Do you need to renew any first aid at work qualifications?
Some of your employees may have already received first-aider training in the past. That’s great, but the law says that those people must take refresher courses. The HSE recommends existing first-aiders take annual refresher courses.
That’s because, at work environments where there were no major incidents, it’s likely that first-aiders may have forgotten some of their knowledge due to not needing to use their training in a real-life scenario.
How to book
Hopefully, you’ll have learnt more about the factors that can affect the pricing of first aid training courses. The price that your business or organisation pays will depend on:
- How many first-aiders the HSE thinks you should have at each site;
- How many sites you operate;
- Whether your employees need EFAW or FAW training;
- If existing first-aiders will need to go on refresher courses.
As mentioned earlier on this page, the Skills Training Group offers volume discounts if you require more than one person to get first aid training. What’s more, we can provide the training at your premises, making the process more convenient for you and your staff.
Book your first aid training at work courses by contacting us today. Our friendly team is happy to discuss your requirements.