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9 Essential Checks for a Healthier School

As the summer holidays draw to a close, a new school year begins. Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of staff and students is important at this time as staff and students settle in to perhaps new schools or new jobs.

With so much happening in the first few weeks of term, it is easy to overlook your first aid and medication needs... but critical that you don't!

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28th April: World Day for Safety & Health at Work

Held annually from 2003, the upcoming World Day for Health and Safety takes place on 28th April 2017. The purpose of the awareness day is to promote decent, safe and healthy work in the workplace environment.

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How Can First Aid Training Benefit You?


Although none of us hopes to have to utilise our emergency first aid training in everyday life, there are instances where it could potentially save someone’s life. Whether at home or work, if you are confronted with an emergency situation you will know what to do until emergency services arrive, thanks to your first aid training.

Keep Calm Under Pressure

First Aid related training increases your ability to keep calm under pressure and know what to do if confronted by an emergency situation. One day, your actions could spell the difference between life and death. If everyone had some degree of first aid training, the chances of making a positive impact would be significantly improved.

Dealing With Emergency Situations

Studying towards first aid training is one of the most important lessons you could learn. First aid training involves practical lessons, including simulation of emergency situations in a controlled environment. You will be learning amongst a group of peers and with the expert guidance of first aid professionals.

Improve Your Self Confidence

In the workplace, it is becoming increasingly more important for employees to have some form of first aid training. Especially since we spend most of our time at work. Apart from being a requirement for a proportion of employees to have first aid training, it can benefit an individual greatly. Particularly as it improves the development of self-confidence. As well as providing invaluable practical knowledge.

Courses to Suit Everyone

If you are considering undertaking a first aid course, such as first aid at work or paediatric first aid, it is important to consider whether you would like to undertake training in-house or at a training centre. For high-quality accredited first aid related courses and training conducted on both an in-house and open/public basis, contact HTS Training for more information. We offer a wide range of first aid related courses, including paediatric first aid, first aid in the workplace and anaphylactic first aid amongst others.  

The Importance of First Aid

The ability to help save a life in an emergency situation should not only be restricted to the hands of the medical professional. It is important that people provide the best possible support to those whose health is in danger, while expert assistance is awaited. To ensure that you do not become helpless if somebody near you starts suffering, HTS Training is here to equip you for the emergency events that crop up at unprecedented times and demand desperate, intense action.

First Aid is Necessary, not an Accessory

As human beings we each have a tremendous capacity to make an invaluable difference to other people’s lives and wellbeing, to help heal and provide assistance in life or health threatening situations. This is why HTS Training provides fully assessable and high quality First Aid training for you to fulfil your potential to respond smartly and skillfully in cases of injury and emergency. Our Basic Life Support course is perfect for enabling any individual to assess and deal with such situations.

Responding to Emergencies at Work

We provide fully accredited First Aid for the Workplace training, to help you deal with emergencies that can present themselves to anyone while at work, including attacks associated with common medical conditions that any colleague may have. It is important that First Aid for Work training is regularly refreshed as the workplace is where one frequently spends time surrounded by people. HTS, therefore, provides effective refresher courses to renew your qualification and update your knowledge and skills so that you are always ready in the workplace.

Protecting the Health of Children at School

Our Paediatric First Aid course is for those whose work involves the care and supervision of young children in the vulnerable years below eight years old, while our First Aid for Schools and Colleges course is for teachers who are responsible for groups of children of any age and application in various educational contexts including school trips. The First Aid for Sports training course is for any teacher or coach who may need to deal with students who have had injuries resulting directly from the physical activity of sports.

Industry-Specific First Aid

Every industry has its health and safety requirements and risks. This is why, as well as our First Aid for the Workplace courses; we offer industry-specific training for areas that pose particular risks to the health of workers, clients or customers, to ensure that there is no gap in the skills you have to provide the essential assistance needed at work. We offer special training for the dental, clinical, and food industries.

Don’t let your organisation become a statistic

HSE Health and Safety Statistics 2012/2013

Health and safety is often given a hard press as it can be used as an excuse for preventing staff, customers and those in an organisation’s care from doing certain activities.

Think about bans on playing conkers, wearing glasses on bouncy castles, and more topically, workers being banned from putting up Christmas decorations around their desks.  In some cases, there may be good reasons for restrictions, but H&S is often used to mask the real thinking behind them.

However Health and Safety regulations do serve a useful purpose, and this is borne out when you review the accident statistics for the UK.

Despite a host of rules and regulations being in place an astonishing number of people become injured or are taken suddenly unwell whilst at work each year. Recent statistics from the HSE for the reporting year 2012 / 2013 show that during the year:

  • 148 were killed at work
  • 78,000 other injuries to employees were reported to RIDDOR
  • 175,000 over 7-day absence injuries occurred
  • 27 million working days were lost due to work related-related illness  and accidents

(source HSE annual statistics 2012/2013)

Obviously this costs both in the financial sense as well as the loss, pain, injury and discomfort for the individuals involved and their families.

Carrying out a thorough risk assessment, and putting in place the resultant safety measures, robust procedures and well trained first aiders is of paramount importance. In the event of an emergency you want to know that there are people around who can confidently help until the emergency services arrive.

As the New Year approaches you should be doing the following:

  1. Reviewing your risk assessments in light of changes to your organisation over the last 12 months
  2. Updating your first aid needs analysis to see whether your working practices / employees have changed
  3. Reviewing your first aid procedures
  4. Assessing whether you  have adequate numbers of first aiders to cover shifts/different buildings/annual leave etc
  5. Considering whether having a defibrillator on site might be of benefit to your workforce
  6. Checking that your first aid kits are correctly stocked, with in-date contents
  7. Checking whether your first aiders up to date with their qualifications and whether they are confident that they could deal with an emergency

Could your workplace benefit from an AED?

The simple answer is “Yes”!

Fabrice Muamba almost died in April and would have done so without an AED close at hand, and his coaches and the consultant cardiaologist who knew how to operate one.

30,000 people a year in the UK have a cardiac arrest out of hospital. Statistically if you have a cardiac arrest out of hospital your chances of surviving are poor; less than 10% people will survive. This appalling statistic hasn’t changed much in many years.

However with prompt intervention with an automated external defibrillator device and good basic CPR, your chances of survival go up to about 74%.

Many employers are often put off purchasing an AED on the basis of cost of the device, and the time that it takes to train staff to use one. However,  the machines themselves are very reliable and easy to use.

Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death and you have a responsibility for ensuring safety to your staff, visitors and customers so why not invest in an AED? After all, you invest in fire extinguishers and hope you will never need to use those either!