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Changes to recognition of Occupational First Aid (Award Code 5N1207) to be introduced from September 2017

​Level 5 Occupational First Aid

Providers offering QQI Level Occupational First Aid (OFA)  are advised that, from 1 September 2017, the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) will no longer recognise the component (Award Code 5N1207)  as meeting the requirements for occupational first aid in all workplaces. This change has arisen from the HSA's decision to recognise the Prehospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) First Aid Response Education and Training standard (FAR).  The HSA statement about the transition to FAR can be found here.

Status of QQI component in OFA

The QQI Level 5 component will remain in place and available for certification until further notice.  QQI is establishing a process for reviewing award standards and a decision on retaining or deactivating the Level 5 OFA component will be taken in that context and due notice given to providers.  The Level 5 OFA component is named in the following major awards:

Occupational First Aid 5N1207
Major Award Code Major Award TitleRole
5M2009Early Childhood Care and EducationElective
5M2083Hospitality OperationsElective
5M2110Security StudiesElective
5M2181Applied Social StudiesElective
5M3782Health Service SkillsElective
5M4339Healthcare SupportElective
5M4349Nursing StudiesElective
5M4732Youth WorkElective
5M5011Tourism with BusinessElective
5M5146Sports, Recreation and ExerciseElective
5M5148Outdoor Sport and RecreationElective


Impact for Providers and Learners

Providers  with validated programmes leading to the above major awards, or where 5N1207 is used as residual credit, should consider its continued use in their programme in light of the HSA decision. They should also ensure that, under their procedures around information to learners, they advise learners of the HSA decision and its potential impact for them in the workplace.  Providers who may be considering submitting a programme for validation for Level 5 Occupational First Aid are advised to consider the suitability of doing so in light of the HSA decision.

If you have particular questions around this matter, please submit your query via QHelp.