The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recommends that anyone with the First Aid at Work qualification take an annual update session to check for updates and maintain critical knowledge for the duration of the certification. The yearly update ensures any changes to regulations, legislation or procedures are widely shared and trained to maintain safe and best practices in workplace First Aid. The full qualification is valid for three years, and workers must renew the certificate entirely on expiry to continue working in this capacity and safely help anyone in need.
This British Red Cross First Aid Annual Update is not a certification but a recap of existing First Aid At Work.
The course reflects national standards and industry best practices and is fully accredited with British Red Cross. In addition, choose to learn with Citrus, and delegates will benefit from our custom-built training facilities and customer-first approach.
Our occupationally experienced and qualified trainers coach delegates on this course, completing the session with an assessment question and answer paper.
This course takes delegates through a recap of recognising injuries and medical emergencies to administer basic first aid to help someone. In addition, delegates will review legal requirements, ensure safety compliance, and understand procedures and appropriate documentation and classifications in a course that meets all requirements specified by the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981.
The recap course content includes:
- Assessment and monitoring of a casualty who is unresponsive and not breathing
- Use of an AED
- Assessment and monitoring of a casualty who is unresponsive and breathing
- How and where to get help
- Identifying electrical incidents and the safest action to take
- Recognition and treatment of blood loss and shock
- Treating burns and scalds
- Choking and obstructions of the airway
Delegates will have knowledge and skill updates and maintain confidence to treat any first aid situation in the workplace at the end of the training. They will be able to continue to administer basic life support and put a casualty in the recovery position correctly, and give First Aid to someone:
- unresponsive and breathing
- unresponsive and not breathing, including how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED)
- experiencing shock
- suffering from burns
- feeling faint
- with a head injury
- suffering from hypothermia or heat exhaustion
- with a bone, muscle or joint injury (including spinal injuries).
- having a seizure, heart attack, including aspirin administration or angina attack
- suffering from a stroke
- having an asthma attack
- with a severe allergic reaction
- experiencing a diabetic emergency
In addition, they will also check they are appropriately, competently and legally recording and reporting accidents and injuries in the workplace using RIDDOR.
This course isn’t certified; it is an annual update designed to refresh delegate knowledge, understanding and confidence in administering basic first aid.
Who Should Attend?
The British Red Cross First Aid at Work course is for staff age 16+ who hold a First Aid at Work certification within the three-year expiry window. They will need two annual updates before taking the refresher course in year three to requalify.
This half-day training course updates delegates with the relevant First Aid at Work procedures and regulations.
We dedicate our efforts to unrivalled quality and the customer experience at Citrus Training. As a result, we are the leading UK-based provider of health, safety and technical training and assessment services to the Built Environment and Utility sectors.
Citrus Training serves 85 of the top 100 building services companies in the market. With nearly 20 years of sector-specific experience, we’ve gained invaluable training experiences and knowledge to pass on to our delegates.
Our occupationally experienced First Aid educators have successfully trained over 25,000 delegates across the First Aid and Wellbeing training category. Delivering courses at our nationwide, industry-leading and accredited training centres and offering the very best of training standards and quality assurance.
We have thousands of public dates and locations nationally for First Aid Training, or can offer dedicated training for specific requirements such as on-site groups. Whatever you need, our training services help bring together the optimum mix of solutions to ensure you can apply the hierarchy of risk control most effectively.
Things You Need to Know
Delegates can only take the update if they already hold the First Aid at Work certificate.
This course has practical elements, so delegates must inform their trainer if they have any serious health issues, physical problems, special considerations or are taking any medication, which may create difficulties in any elements of the training.
Delegates must bring a passport photograph to training so we can issue ID cards.
For training held at your location, please ensure that the classroom you make available has a 240v power supply and is a suitable size for the number of delegates attending. In addition, please ensure that the practical area has been risk-assessed, is free from harm, and is ideal for training.
First Aid at Work is designed for workplaces in a higher risk category (Engineering, Manufacturing, Construction). Emergency First Aid at Work is intended for low-risk workplaces.
- Emergency First Aid at Work – one day
- First Aid at Work Requalification – two day
- First Aid at Work – three day
This annual update course isn’t certified.
No. Anything discussed in training is done so in confidence. However, you are not forced to participate in a particular module if there are specific reasons that might affect you. Speak to your trainer or contact us if you would like to discuss anything further.
It is good practice to refresh this certificate after three years, and we offer refresher one-day courses to accommodate.
We recommend within three months of your certificate expiry.
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