Emergency First Aid ‘+F’ (EFAW+F)

This module is designed to meet the requirements of the Forestry Commission First Aid at Work Policy.

It is a ‘bolt-on’ 2-hour unit with exact time dependent upon the content of the first aid qualification it is added to.

Relevant extracts from the policy document:

  • “+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.
  • They may also need add-on elements for our special hazards (eg severe chainsaw cuts, crush injuries, hypothermia, Lyme disease).
  • “+F” will be recognised when “forestry context” or “remote sites” or “+F” is noted on certificate or supporting correspondence.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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….


Costs are £85 per person + VAT and include course handbook, certification and tea or coffee. Prices for your workplace (12 people) are £550 + VAT making it economical for you and your employees.