How do I set up a Driver CPC training centre?

You must get approval to run Driver CPC training courses. First, you must apply for approval for your training centre, which lasts 5 years. Second, you must apply for approval for each course you will run, which lasts one year. Once these are completed, you can run a Driver CPC training centre. However, you will…

Does my company need Emergency First Aid training for our drivers?

Put simply, all professional bus, coach and lorry drivers must hold a Driver CPC. The EU Directive 2003/59 requires that professional drivers must undertake 35 hours of periodic training within a five year period to retain their entitlement to drive. This directive came into effect in September 2008 for PCV drivers and September 2009 for…

Asthma in Action

Around 5.4 million people In the UK are currently diagnosed with asthma. About 8% of the population or one in every 12 adults and one in every 11 children. In this blog we will try and explain what asthma is and how it can be managed. Asthma can’t be cured, but its symptoms can be…

What is a First Aid Needs Assessment?

Simply put, a First Aid Needs Assessment is like a risk assessment but for your businesses first aid requirements. All employers have a legal responsibility to ensure that there is appropriate first aid resources available, including trained first aiders, first aid equipment, and potentially a first aid room. To create one, you’ll need to understand…

Cold Water Shock. What is it, And Why Should We Be Aware Of It?

Immersing yourself in cold water is increasingly being touted to provide many health benefits, but sudden immersion in water less than 15ºC, can be very dangerous, even deadly.  “Immersion deaths represent the third most common cause of accidental death in adults, and the second in children, in most countries.” Cold Water Immersion, sudden death and…

Implementing Mental Health First Aid Programs in the Workplace

When viruses hit the workplace, we take immediate preventive measures. During pandemic influenza outbreaks (such as Swine Flu) the HSE advised employers to send employees home, encourage video-conferencing and to review working practices. However, employers are slow to react to the emerging crisis of poor mental wellbeing in the workplace. Mental health issues cause 7.7%…

First Aid Guide: Managing Catastrophic Bleeding

In this post we’re going to look in more depth at Managing Catastrophic Bleeding, how it differs from ‘Significant’ bleeding, and what should be done to manage it. Catastrophic bleeding is becoming more a part of the public consciousness thanks to increasing numbers of terrorism incidents and incidents involving mass casualties such as shootings and…

How Often Should I Renew First Aid Training?

In this short video, Tom answers one of our most commonly asked questions – “How Often Should I Renew First Aid Training?”. In summary, most first aiders should complete refresher training every three years. This will help first-aiders maintain their basic skills, stay up to dater with legal changes and retain their confidence to act…

Join the National Defibrillator Network

In the UK, there are 30000+ cardiac arrests outside hospitals each year, yet only 1 in 10 survive. Due to campaigning by the British Heart Foundation and others, defibrillators are now commonly located in workplaces, schools, stations and other public places and levels of AED training have increased. Despite the increase in the number of…

Highway Code: Changes to First Aid on the Road

On the 20th of August 2019, the Highway Code (Annex 7) was updated. The key change was that burns should be cooled for at least 20 minutes (up from 10 minutes), following advice from the British Burn Association. We welcome these life-saving changes and urge all road users to review and share the updated information.…

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