International Award In First Aid At Work & Safe Use Of An Automated External Defibrillator Level 3


The Level 3 International Award in First Aid at Work and the Safe Use of an Automated External Defibrillator is a qualification aimed at providing candidates with the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to support first aid and the use of a defibrillator in the workplace.

Learners gaining this qualification will know basic emergency first-aid procedures and will be able to use a defibrillator correctly. The topics covered will help to maintain good practice in safe, prompt and effective emergency first-aid treatment of individuals & much more.
Centres are responsible for ensuring candidates can meet the necessary standard of language in which the course is being delivered
1 Understand the role and responsibilities of a first aider

  • State the role and responsibilities of a first aider
  • Identify how to minimize the risk of infection to yourself and others
  • Identify recommended first aid kit content requirement

2 Know how to assess an incident

  • Conduct a scene survey
  • Conduct a primary survey of a casualty
  • Call for help to support a casualty
  • Conduct a head to toe survey

3 Be able to manage an unresponsive casualty who is breathing normally

  • Assess a casualty’s level of consciousness
  • Open a casualty’s airway and check breathing
  • Place an unresponsive casualty in the recovery position
  • Manage a casualty who is in seizure

4 Know how to manage a casualty who is not breathing normally and unresponsive

  • Identify when cardio pulmonary resuscitation is needed
  • Demonstrate cardio pulmonary resuscitation using a manikin

5 Know how to recognize and assist a casualty who is choking

  • Identify the signs of a partially and completely blocked airway
  • Demonstrate first aid for a partially and completely blocked airway

6 Know how to recognize and assist a casualty with a minor injury

  • Identify the different types of external bleeding
  • Demonstrate first aid for controlling external bleeding
  • Demonstrate first aid for a casualty with small cuts, grazes and bruises

7 Know how to manage a casualty who is in shock

  • Identify the typical signs and symptoms of shock
  • Demonstrate first aid for a casualty who is in shock

8 Know how to administer first aid to a casualty with injuries to bones, muscles and joints

  • Recognize suspected fractures, dislocations and sprains and strains
  • Demonstrate first aid for a casualty with a fracture, dislocation and sprain/strain

9 Know how to administer first aid to a casualty with suspected head and spinal injuries

  • Recognize suspected concussion, skull fracture, cerebral compression and spinal injury
  • Demonstrate first aid for a casualty with a suspected concussion, skull fracture, cerebral compression and spinal injury

10 Know how to administer first aid to a casualty with suspected chest injuries

  • Recognize different types of chest injury
  • Administer first aid for a chest injury

11 Know how to administer first aid to a casualty with burns and scalds

  • Recognize factors that could affect the severity of a burn and scald
  • Demonstrate first aid for burns involving dry heat, wet heat, electricity and chemicals

12 Know how to administer first aid to a casualty with an eye injury

  • Give examples of common eye injuries
  • Administer first aid for eye injuries involving dust, chemicals and embedded objects

13 Know how to administer first aid to a casualty with sudden poisoning

  • Identify the routes that poisons can take to enter the body
  • Administer immediate first aid to a casualty affected by sudden poisoning
  • Identify sources of information for treating those affected by sudden poisoning

14 Know how to administer first aid to a casualty with anaphylaxis

  • Identify common triggers for anaphylaxis
  • Recognize signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis
  • Administer immediate first aid for a casualty suffering from anaphylaxis

15 Know how to provide first aid to a casualty with suspected major illness

  • Recognize signs and symptoms for a casualty suffering from a heart attack, stroke, epilepsy, asthma and diabetes
  • Demonstrate first aid for a casualty suffering from major illnesses including heart attack, stroke, epilepsy, asthma and diabetes

16 Know how to safely use an automated external defibrillator (AED)

  • Describe the differences between using an AED on an adult and child
  • Identify safety considerations when using an automated external defibrillator
  • Demonstrate the correct placement of AED electrode pads on a manikin
  • Follow AED voice prompts accurately
  • Demonstrate how to combine the use of an automated external defibrillator with minimal interruptions in cardiopulmonary resuscitation using a manikin
  • Demonstrate the safe delivery of AED shock
  • State the procedures if the casualty shows signs of life and starts to breath normally
  • Identify the information required when handing over the casualty
Guidance on assessment

The qualification is assessed using the HABC assessment pack and is split into two component parts:

Part One: This component is assessed through practical demonstration of first aid skills.

Part Two: This knowledge based assessment requires learners to answer a series of short answer questions via written or oral responses.

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