First Aid Responder (FAR)

This is a new 18 hr or 3 day course which replaces the old occupational first aid qualification. The course is Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) approved and there is a student to instructor ratio of 8:1. The cardiac first responder (CFR) section of the course is delivered by DVD.

Upon completion of the course students are required to complete a skills based assessment and a multiple choice questionnaire (MCQ) and will be issued a PHECC/ recognised FAR training institude certificate which is valid for 2 years from date of course completion.

FAR refresher training will now last 2 days or 12hrs minimum as per the PHECC guidelines.

Those who had occupational first aid (OFA) certificates will not be recognised by the HSA from the 31 of May 2018.

Any lapse in maintaining your qualification will only be tolerated by the HSA for a maximum of 30 days. If your first aid certificate is lapsed for more than 30 days you are required to complete the full FAR course again.

The FAR course syllabus will cover the following

  • Unit 1. Introduction to first Aid
  • Unit 2. Patient Assessment
  • Unit 3. Incident procedures
  • Unit 4. Community level
  • Unit 5. Common medical emergencies
  • Unit 6. Injury management and shock
  • Unit 7. Care of the unconscious patient
  • Unit 8. Burns and electrical injury care
  • Unit 9. Hypothermia and hyperthermia
  • Unit 10. Information management
  • Unit 11. Communications
  • Unit 12. The well being of the first aider
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Infant & Child First Aid

This is a one day or 2 evening course (5-6 hours) designed to teach young parents, childcare workers, SNA’s or anyone who works with or cares for children and young infants, to be able to recognise and treat life threatening emergencies.

Perhaps you are a group leader or volunteer for your community. This course will allow the students ample hands training, in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, so that they can manage a situation until more qualified and experienced help arrives.

Course contents includes

  • Scene safety and when to call for help.
  • Assessing the conscious and unconscious casualty.
  • CPR for adults.
  • Stroke and the FAST principle.
  • Choking in the conscious and unconscious casualty.
  • The recovery position.
  • Haemorrhage control and shock.
  • Burns and poisoning.
  • Medical emergencies such as asthma, diabetes and epilepsy.
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Basic First Aid

This 5-6 hour course is designed to teach the student how to recognise and treat life threatening trauma or medical related emergencies in their home, workplace, club or in the public setting.

The course will take the student through a comprehensive list of medical and trauma related scenarios and allow ample opportunities for hands on training and information sharing.

Particular emphasis will be on the following core subjects; however this course can be tailored to suit your particular needs.

  • The paediatric chain of survival.
  • Scene safety and when to call for help.
  • Infant and child CPR
  • Infant and child airway obstruction.
  • The recovery position.
  • Burns management.
  • Meningitis and septicaemia.
  • Allergies and anaphylaxis.
  • Medical emergencies such as asthma, diabetes and epilepsy.
Infant & Child First Aid by Donegal Safety Training Solutions

Heart Saver

This is an Irish Heart approved DVD led training course that specialises in CPR and the use of defibrillators.

It is aimed at those who work or train where a defibrillator is present, or at those who have or are considering setting up a community cardiac first responder programme in their area. The course takes students through the following core lessons

  • The adult chain of survival.
  • Two person or team CPR.
  • The safe use of a defibrillator.
  • Choking and the immediate actions required for adults, children and infants.

Upon course completion and skills test each student will receive an Irish Heart Heartsaver card.

Heart Saver Courses by Donegal Safety Training Solutions

Manual Handling

This is a 3-4 hour short course which is mandatory for all workplace employee’s who are engaged in manual labour

There are strict legal requirements on employers to ensure their workforce are trained in adequate health and safety training and this Health and Safety Authority approved course meets some of those obligations.

Core topics include

  • Health and safety legislation.
  • Employer and employee obligations.
  • The musculoskeletal system.
  • Anatomy, structure and function of the spine.
  • Posture and back pain.
  • Manual handling at work using the T.I.L.E. principle.
  • Risk assessments.
  • Manual handling techniques.
  • The use of PPE.
Manual Handling Courses with Donegal Safety Training Solutions

People Handling

Caring for an elderly loved one, an injured casualty or a resident in a nursing home can be very heavy work which often leads to back pain for the carer and can lead to accidents with the casualty or resident.

This course is designed to teach those who do care for the sick and elderly how to protect their own safety while moving individuals and will teach carers the correct techniques for lifting or moving in a safe and controlled manner.

Course topics include

  • The skeletal system and discs.
  • The anatomy, structure and function of the spine.
  • Posture and back pain.
  • Risk assessments.
  • Manual handling of people.
  • Controversial techniques.
  • Standard preparation for assistance.
  • The general use of equipment such as hoists and slings.
  • Using slide sheets.
  • Assisting plus-size individuals
Patient Handling

Fire Safety & Fire Marshalling

A course designed to teach student how to respond to and manage a fire in the home or workplace in a safe and controlled manner.

Some employees are designated fire marshals at work and have key responsibilities in the event of a fire, this course will help identify these responsibilities and the actions required.

Course topics include:

  • Fire safety regulations.
  • The nature and behaviour of fire.
  • The nature and behaviour of smoke.
  • Fire safety management.
  • Components of fire safety.
  • Emergency procedures in the event of fire.
  • Fire types and methods of extinguishing them.
  • Fire extinguishers.
  • Fire blankets.
  • Fire Hose wheels.
  • Fire wardens.
Fire Safety

Abrasive Wheels Training Course

This course is aimed at anyone who uses abrasive wheels, or employs people who use abrasive wheels as part of their work.

There are a wide range of tools and processes that use abrasive wheels and ensuring these are used correctly and safely is of paramount importance. Applications range from hand grinding to disc cutting.

They can be used at all stages of a work process, for making preliminary cuts and scores in materials, or for fine polishing and finishing. Different wheels will have different properties and characteristics suitable for particular tasks. They also have different weaknesses and can pose different risks and hazards in handling and use. For this reason, it’s important that you always select the right abrasive wheel for the job and use it with the right machinery. This course covers the anatomy of an abrasive wheel, the dangers associated with their use, Storage and handling and much more.

Course topics include:

  • Legislation related to abrasive wheels.
  • The employers and employee’s duty of care
  • Accidents involving abrasive wheels
  • Types of abrasive wheels
  • Information and identification inscribed on abrasive wheels
  • Handling & Storage of abrasive wheels
  • Components of abrasive wheels. Changing discs and components.
  • Dressing & trueing of abrasive wheels

Ideally, those attending this Abrasive Wheels Course should have a good command of English both oral and written as students must complete a written exam and demonstrate the safe use of equipment for certification to be issued.

Course duration 4 hrs.

Abrasive Wheels Training Course
Abrasive Wheels Training Course

Infection Prevention and Control Course

Now more than ever we need to be aware of the possibility of passing infectious diseases to one another and how we can play our part in reducing and eliminating this threat to our families, clients and colleagues.

This course is designed for all workers in a customer service role and those who manage or work within the healthcare setting in particular.

Infection Control Course Content

  • Module 1 Basic Microbiology:
  • Chain of Infection
  • Healthcare associated Infection
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Module 2 Standard and transmission-based precaution:
  • Introduction to standard and transmission-based precautions
  • Hand hygiene including use of different agents, techniques for hand washing
  • Respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette
  • The safe use of PPE
  • The safe donning and doffing of PPE
  • The safe disposal of clinical waste

Course duration: 2 hrs

Infection Prevention and Control Course

Working at Heights Course

The aim of this course is to provide learners with the knowledge and skills to be able to work safely at heights and inspect their own harness & lanyard.

Working at Heights Course content

  • Working at Height Definition
  • Legislation in relation to Working at Heights
  • Ladder Safety Awareness
  • Working Safely on Roofs
  • Fall Arrest and Fall Restraint Systems
  • Risk Assessments for Working at Height
  • Inspection of Harness / Lanyard Systems
  • Suspension Trauma and Rescue Plans


Working at heights Course


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