Purple Dog Ltd

For your business, you must carry out a First Aid Needs Assessment. This looks at the nature of your business, number of employees and any risks that may be present in your workplace regarding first aid.


Purple Dog can help your business with this so that your requirements to meet your due diligence will be covered.

The HSE requirements state you must ensure that there is adequate Adult First Aid at Work cover, either from your staff attending a First Aid at Work course FAW , or Emergency First Aid at Work EFAW.

We can help you with this aspect With the option of using the first aid requirements calculator on our home page, or by calling Iain on 01484 546780 and arranging for either Steve or Nikki to call you, we make this process straightforward to support you.

A question to consider is: If you did have an inspection or an incident at your business that requires the HSE to visit you, can you prove you have done all that you can to keep your employees safe and provided the correct number of first aiders at the correct level of training?

We provide for your business,  the Full First Aid at Work course FAW, the Emergency First Aid at Work Course EFAW, the Requalification in First Aid at Work along with the Annual Update half day courses between full certificate expiry dates

This training can be undertaken at our Huddersfield Training Venue, or in your workplace if that makes it easier for you.

The Classroom, Emergency First Aid at Work Course is a 1 day course that takes place in the classroom and these are delivered for you multiple times within the month

A question for you:  Do you have to consider staff rotas which means that potentially 3 days out of your business?

We provide for your business both blended and classroom based courses to meet what is best for you with regards to:

The First Aid at Work FAW, and Requalification First Aid Courses

Both courses cover all the subjects required under the HSE guidance, so you know you will learn all the skills you are legally required to do on your First Aid at Work or Requalification First Aid at Work courses. All First Aid certificates are valid for 3 years

 A question to consider is:  Would you feel happier having a reminder sent through to you when certificates are due to expire?

        We can help you with that as Iain sends reminders and course dates to you 3 months before any certificate is       

due to expire. This takes the pressure off for preventing your certificates lapsing in the meantime.

A question to consider is:  Would you feel happier having you or your staff  undertake annual refresher/update courses between full certificates?

This is not a legal requirement like the original certificate is, it is a recommendation from the HSE. However it can ensure that knowledge is there throughout the time between full certificates.

Looking at the Blended Learning First Aid at Work and Blended Learning Requalification First Aid at Work courses:

Blended Learning is being booked more and more in 2020 by businesses, to ease the staffing in the workplace and also meet the Covid-19 precautions you may have in place with bubbles.

To explain a little more about how blended learning works…

  1. On the courses page under First Aid at Work Courses, you click onto the ‘Blended Option’ for the course you are wanting to book.
  2. You then choose the date you would like to undertake the practical part of the course, this is the part in the classroom where you practise and demonstrate the practical skills including dealing with CPR and choking, it will be 2 days for the First Aid at Work Course and 1 day for the Requalification First Aid at Work course.
  3. Iain in the office, when the booking is sent to him from the website, will then contact you with…
  4. Your own login details to your own E learning account. We suggest that a couple of weeks before the practical day, this is started, so when you come into the classroom it is still fresh in your mind.
  5. Purple Dog can still oversee the account and support you if there are any problems or would like to ask a question.
  6. The online independent learning can take you up to 6 hours to the to complete First at At Work Course or Requalification Course and can be returned to as many times as necessary (so you don’t have to sit and complete in one session).
  7. During the online part, videos are shown and there are multiple choice questions at the end of every section to give you the confidence in your theory knowledge.
  8. Once you have completed the whole of the e-learning section, you are then assessed again through multiple choice and you will be issued with a certificate that needs be brought to the classroom session you have booked onto.

During the classroom session, we follow the same procedures as we do with the full classroom course for you:

  1. You will have 2 multi choice question papers to complete as we always do
  2. Practical assessments (12) are completed as we always do
  3. Then on demonstrating both competence and confidence in all areas, you are then issued with a full First Aid at Work certificate that is valid for 3 years.

There is a reason that we do the assessments we do…. This is primarily for the safety of the staff in your company and also your business reputation. However in addition to this, during any HSE inspection, they can ask for explanations or demonstrations in first aid skills from any trained First Aider at Work who is present

The multi choice question paper covers the theory parts of the course that are covered during the course and are also in the First Aid book that all learners are given at the start of their course.

With the Covid19 pandemic, we would like to reassure you that we have your health and wellbeing at the front of our minds and we have put in place stringent Covid-19 safety precautions to protect you and your business

Whilst undertaking the training either at our training rooms in Huddersfield, or at your setting, you or your team and your business will be kept safe from the risk of infection. This is through the following measures we have in place:

  1. Everyone has their own equipment.
  2. No one has to work with another learner at any point- adaptations have been made
  3. Full sized screens separate the learners in the classroom, so all have their own bubble
  4. Areas are clearly marked with distance tape in the training room and throughout the building
  5. Temperatures are taken prior to the training starting
  6. Hand sanitiser must be used when entering the training rooms

A question to consider is:      Does your setting have  Covid 19 bubbles at present?

There are now a number of companies now ensuring their is a first aider in each bubble.

We can help you with that as we have a number of courses running during the week

The most important thing for your company is to always meet the latest government guidelines. We support you and help you with this by keeping an eye on the latest changes.

HSE First Aid At Work During the Coronavirus

No one will be prevented from undertaking the course unless they are unwell, or our Awarding Bodies guidance stipulates this, or legislation changes.  Therefore, until told otherwise by the Government, our training will still run for you and follow the precautions above.

The course content is set from the HSE for the First Aid at Work and Requalification First Aid Courses is:

  • Recognition and treatment of the following:
  • Dealing with an emergency situation
  • Health & Safety in a First Aid situation
  • The need for CPR
  • Wounds, bleeding and the blood loss theory
  • Choking casualty
  • Shock
  • Minor injuries
  • Fractures, dislocations, sprains and strains
  • Spinal injuries
  • Burns and scalds
  • Poisoning
  • Eye Injuries
  • Allergic reactions including anaphylaxis
  • Heart attack
  • Strokes
  • Epilepsy/Seizures
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Using an AED machine (Defibrillator)

The course content is set from the HSE for the  Emergency First Aid at Work Course is:

  • Health & Safety and use of equipment
  • Dealing with an emergency
  • CPR on an adult, child and baby
  • Unconscious casualty
  • Seizures
  • Choking
  • Shock
  • Wounds, bleeding and the blood loss theory
  • Minor injuries
  • Using an AED machine (Defibrillator)

A question to consider is:     Looking at the lists above and knowing your business and your employees, do you see some conditions that some have?

       In which case, you must ensure you have the First Aiders trained to deal with those conditions to support your       staff and meet you legal obligations


Why choose Purple Dog with your workplace first aid?

We make sure your business, your staff and your reputation are looked after. So we provide the best training, from the best tutors and have the best support staff to help this part of your business run smoothly.