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First Aid / Health & Safety
First Aid TrainingIf you have identified that first-aiders are needed in your workplace, they must have a valid certificate of competence in First Aid atWork (FAW) or emergency first aid at work (EFAW). EFAW training enables a first-aider to give emergency first aid to someone who is injured or becomes ill while at work. FAW training includes EFAW and also equips the first-aider to apply first aid to a range of specific injuries and illnesses. The findings of the first-aid needs assessment can help you decide whether your first-aiders should be trained in FAW or EFAW. As a guide, the table in First aid at work: your questions answered suggests what first-aid personnel to provide under different circumstances. You can also use the new First aid at work assessment tool which is designed to help employers determine the number and type of first-aid personnel to provide in their workplace.
- First Aid At Work – (FAW) courses involve at least 18 hours of training and are run over a minimum of three days. YTC are approved by HSE for this purpose.
- Emergency First Aid At Work – (EFAW) lasts for at least six hours of training and is run over a minimum of one day. All YTC Trainers are approved HSE accredited trainers.
The above two courses can be run at almost any venue. All equipment is provided and students must be aware that there is an element of practical based activity. The courses run with a student to instructor ratio of 12 – 1.
First Aid Training SubjectsYTC can provide various training and qualifications following guidelines set by the Health and Safety Executive and the Resuscitation Council UK. Training topics covered can include:
- Emergency Life Saving Skills
- Defib and CPR
- Choking and Bleeding
- Fractures, Sprains and Strains
- Spinal Awareness
- Paediatric Training
- Circulation Problems
- Fits and Seizures
- First Aid in Extreme Environments
- Contents of First Aid kits
The Law (First Aid)The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide suitable first-aid equipment, facilities and personnel to enable immediate assistance to be given to employees if they are injured or become ill at work. Regulation 3(2) states that in order to provide first aid to injured or ill employees, 'a person shall not be suitable unless he has undergone –
- Such training and has such qualifications as the Health and Safety Executive may approve for the time being in respect of that case or class of case, and
- Such additional training, if any, as may be appropriate in the circumstances of that case'
Detailed information can be found in First aid at work. The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981.
Manual Handling TrainingOne of the biggest reasons for absentees and injuries in the workplace is manual handling accidents. An accident of course is an unforeseen, unwanted event. However, we can reduce accidents and manual handling injuries significantly by offering training to all staff. Courses can either run as stand alone training or as part of a mixed training day. The subject is a mix of classroom and practical skill based workshops where delegates will actually lift, drag and pull items. Do not make the mistake of thinking this training is boring, after your team has completed a commando style circuit of the classroom, lifting, pulling, holding and dragging, they will realise that not only can it be interesting, but also essential to their safer working practices in the future. Unbelievably, some companies now run this training as e learning!
Risk Assessment TrainingAs with the manual handling workshops, risk assessment training is taught within the classroom environment. By the end of the training, delegates will understand the importance of risk assessments and be able to put together a risk assessment for either a venue or specific activity/job role. Risk assessment training includes:
- Corporate/Generic Risk Assessments
- Task/Specific Risk Assessments
- Situational/Dynamic Risk Assessments
- Work place/Venue Risk Assessments
Fire SafetyFire safety is usually part of a mixed health and safety training day and includes an overview to legislation, fire safety procedures and more practical elements such as fire drills and a fire extinguisher demonstration.
TV Safety/Ropes SafetyYTC Instructors can act as safety officers and have worked on several Television documentaries where rope work and safety supervision is required. We specialise in keeping film crews and production teams safe whilst they film. We also risk assess activities and venues, such as offices, training areas or locations and make dynamic risk assessments.
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