The Health and Safety Authority have ceased the operations of the Occupational First Aid Assessment Agent (OFAAA).
As and from 1st September 2017, the HSA will only recognise the new First Aid Response (FAR) Course as meeting the needs of OFA in the workplaces. This means that learners who undergo training from 1st September 2017 must complete this new FAR course.
WHAT DO THE H&SA CHANGES MEAN?
The Health and Safety Authority recognises both the QQI, OFA Fetac Level 5 and PHECC FAR learner standards up to 31st August 2017.
All learners who completed a QQI, OFA Fetac Level 5 course, full or refresher up to 31st August 2017 will be recognised by the HSA as an Occupational First Aider for the full 2 year duration of their certificate.
From 1st September 2017, learners should only complete a First Aid Response (FAR) course in order to be recognised by the HSA as an Occupational First Aider.
Participants will be issued with Full Certification from First Aid Direct and or PHECC and all Certificates are valid for 2 years.
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Transition of Occupational First Aid (OFA) to First Aid Response (FAR):
PHECC and the (HSA) have been working together to examine the future of occupational first aid training (OFA) in Ireland. Currently the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) recognises the Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) OFA Level 5 N1207 training standard for meeting the needs of OFA. It has recently been agreed between PHECC and the HSA that the PHECC First Aid Response (FAR) Education and Training Standard will replace the current OFA Level 5 N1207 course as the established standard for OFA training. This will be a gradual process of withdrawing the QQI OFA over a defined timeframe.