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New training event - Emergency First Aid at Work

Following requests from several member councils we have now scheduled a one-day Emergency First Aid at Work course. The course is relevant to all Parish and Town councils who have determined, as part of their Risk Assessment, that first aid training covering emergency protocols is sufficient. The course involves a written assessment and continuous observation by the course training with successful candidates receiving a St John Ambulance certificate, valid for three years.

Course Content – see attached course information sheet.

The course covers:

  • The role of the First Aider
  • Communication and Casualty Care
  • Basic defibrillator training
  • Bleeding
  • Choking
  • Minor injuries
  • Resuscitation
  • Seizures
  • Shock
  • Treatment of an unresponsive casualty

Is this course necessary or relevant for my Parish/Town Council?

As employers, Parish and Town Councils are required to comply with the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981. Further details can be found on the HSE website (see here). This states:

The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. These Regulations apply to all workplaces including those with less than five employees and to the self-employed.

What is 'adequate and appropriate' will depend on the circumstances in the workplace. This includes whether trained first-aiders are needed, what should be included in a first-aid box and if a first-aid room is required. Employers should carry out an assessment of first-aid needs to determine what to provide.

The Regulations do not place a legal duty on employers to make first-aid provision for non-employees such as the public or children in schools. However, HSE strongly recommends that non-employees are included in an assessment of first-aid needs and that provision is made for them.

If any councils are unsure whether they should have a trained first aider please contact LRALC for further advice. There are 16 places available on this course so please book early to guarantee your place

Posted: Fri, 11 May 2018 10:53 by admin

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