Forestry First Aid “+F” bolt-on

This is a module designed to meet the requirements of the Forestry Commission Policy for those that work on their land.

It is not a course by itself but a ‘bolt-on’ 2-hour unit with exact time dependent upon the content of the first aid qualification it is added to.

So we can add +F onto our First Aid at Work or Emergency First Aid at Work courses meaning you can expand your skills and training to meet your specific needs.


Relevant extracts from the Forestry Commission policy document:

16. “+F” training. Working with the principle of matching skills to your possible accidents/illnesses, those working in core operations will require training that has been delivered with a forestry context (ie sites remote from medical aid and where limited help will be available). This training is referred to in this guidance as EFAW+F or FAW+F. The term “+F” may not be widely recognised. Core operations means; harvesting, civil engineering, mechanised ground preparation, planting, fencing, pesticides application, forest nursery activities, or similar. It includes any lone workers or site supervisors.

17. They may also need add-on elements for our special hazards (eg severe chainsaw cuts, crush injuries, hypothermia, Lyme disease).

18. “+F” will be recognised when “forestry context” or “remote sites” or “+F” is noted on certificate or supporting correspondence.

19. First aiders involved in non-core operations will need a valid EFAW or FAW certificate. The +F element can be seen as desirable for non-core.

20. Hauliers are also required to have first aid training. They have the option to take the FAW or EFAW courses (as described above) in addition to, or instead of, a day’s first aid training a part of their Driver CPC (Continuing Professional Competence).

22. Selecting Training Providers. As of 1st October 2013, HSE stopped offering accreditation of first aid training providers. Now, when looking for a training provider the strongly preferred route is for you to check they offer regulated qualifications through an Ofqual/SQA/Welsh Government accredited awarding body….

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