First Aid

Occupational First Aid ranges from the treatment of minor cuts to the treatment of life threatening injuries.

First Aid Legislation

There are specific requirements on Occupational First Aid made under the Chapter 2 of Part 7 of the General Application Regulations 2007 (157KB Opens in new window).

Guidance on Meeting Your Legal Requirements Relating to First Aid

The HSA have prepared  Guidelines on First Aid at Places of Work  as part of the Guide to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations  or take a look at our First Aid Frequently Asked Questions

First Aid Response

Statement of the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) in relation to transition to Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) First Aid Response (FAR)

8th February 2018

By way of update, the transition from Occupational First Aid (OFA) to PHECC FAR is progressing well.

PHECC has already approved a number of organisations as PHECC FAR Instructor Recognised Institutions (RIs). The current list of RIs can be found at Additional applications are currently being processed.

Existing OFA instructors can now apply to the RIs approved to provide FAR Instructor to become a PHECC FAR instructor by Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Instructors registered with the Occupational First Aid Assessment Agent (OFAAA) prior to 31 October 2016 can continue to offer the OFA award and do not require reassessment at this time but are advised to become FAR instructors.

Individuals wishing to become instructors for the first time (i.e. those not on the OFAAA register prior to 31 October 2016) should familiarise themselves with PHECC FAR Instructor requirements at

The HSA currently recognises both the PHECC FAR and OFA learner certificates as meeting the needs of OFA in the workplace. At a future date however, the HSA will only recognise the PHECC FAR award.

Separate to the HSA, certain organisations in the public sector have indicated that soon they will only recognise the PHECC FAR award.

As and from 31 October 2016, OFAAA ceased to exist.