First Aid at Work – Forestry Context (FAW+F)
This course is suitable for: Arboricultural Climbers
Forest Machine Operators
Forest Recreation Rangers
It exceeds the general requirements specified in the Forestry Commission’s First Aid at Work
guidance document which states that in most cases EFAW+F would be an appropriate standard of
Working on High Risk sites where more than 50 people are present or
Working on Low Risk sites where more than 100 people are present.
It remains the responsibility of the manager or contractor to decide via their first aid needs
assessment what the appropriate level of first aid provision is for a particular set of circumstances.
Standard FAW Content
Note – The ‘standard’ FAW content is delivered in a Forestry & Arboriculture context.
First 6 hours content covers EFAW.
On completion of training, successful candidates should be able to:
Understand the role of the first aider including reference to:
- the importance of preventing cross infection;
- the need for recording incidents and actions;
- use of available equipment;
Assess the situation and circumstances in order to act safely, promptly and effectively in an
Administer first aid to a casualty who is unconscious (including seizure);
Administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation - CPR;
Administer first aid to a casualty who is choking;
Administer first aid to a casualty who is wounded and bleeding;
Administer first aid to a casualty who is suffering from shock;
Provide appropriate first aid for minor injuries (including small cuts, grazes and bruises,
minor burns and scalds, small splinters).
Further 12 hours content for FAW.
Provide emergency first aid at work (see above);
Administer first aid to a casualty with:
- injuries to bones, muscles and joints, including suspected spinal injuries;
- chest injuries;
- burns and scalds;
- eye injuries;
- sudden poisoning;
- anaphylactic shock;
Recognise the presence of major illness and provide appropriate first aid (including heart
attack, stroke, epilepsy, asthma, diabetes).