Mental Health First Aid in the Workplace

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England has launched best-practice guidance for employers on how to implement Mental Health First Aid in the workplace. This follows the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) recent enhancement of its First Aid guidance to clarify the existing need to consider mental health alongside physical health when undertaking a ‘needs assessment’.

Mental health First Aid in the Workplace training in Liverpool

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Acid Attack First Aid: What you need to do

Acid Attack First Aid: What you need to do – An acid attack maims a victim with corrosive fluid and can scar them for life, inflicting serious injuries and potentially leaving victims blind. If you are the victim of an acid attack or witness one taking place, it’s important to act as quickly as possible to minimise damage to the eyes, skin and surrounding tissues.

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Should First Aid training be compulsory as part of the driving test?

First Aid for Drivers in the UKA new Bill which would make first aid training mandatory to receive a driving licence has been introduced to Parliament. The Driving Licence (Mandatory First Aid Training) Bill was presented to the House of Commons by Will Quince, Conservative MP for Colchester, on 8 March 2016.

In the past 12 months alone, 1,780 people have been killed on British roads and thousands more have been seriously injured. Continue reading

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to be included in First Aid Training

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to be included in all First Aid TrainingAutomated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are becoming more prevalent within the wider community.  For example there are national strategies in place actively promoting their placement in schools; public places such as stations. Many workplaces have voluntarily invested in this equipment.

Evidence suggests that where Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) have been used the outcomes are far more favourable for an individual who suffers from a heart attack than if it is delayed until the arrival of the emergency services.

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Millies Mark – New ‘gold standard’ in paediatric first aid launched

Millies Mark Standard for Paediatric First Aid Training

Millies Mark Paediatric First Aid Standard – A new initiative to help improve paediatric first aid training in early years settings has been launched by Education and Childcare Minister Sam Gyimah, in memory of a 9-month-old girl who tragically died in 2012.

Millie Thompson passed away after choking on her lunch while at nursery in Stockport.

Since her death, Millie’s parents Joanne and Dan have campaigned for a new ‘gold standard’ certificate to be created in recognition of early years childcare providers that train all their staff in paediatric first aid, going above and beyond the minimum legal requirements. Continue reading

BT phone box Defibrillators being installed across the country

BT phone box DefibrillatorsOld phone boxes are being transformed into BT phone box Defibrillators – potential lifesavers after being purchased by villagers for £1.

A defibrillator, which gives the heart an electric shock in some cases of cardiac arrest, are being installed across the country as part of a joint project with BT and the ‘Community Heartbeat Trust’. Continue reading

How to use an Automated External Defibrillator

Introduction to the Automated External Defibrillator

How to use an Automated External Defibrillator

Automated External Defibrillator – Defibrillation is one crucial stage in a sequence of events that need to occur for the resuscitation of a victim of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). This sequence, or ‘chain of survival’, starts by summoning the emergency services as soon as possible. Continue reading

Flying ambulance AED drone to be launched

Flying ambulance AED droneAutomatic external defibrillators (AEDs) are now a common sight at airports and sports venues, but they’re nowhere near to being ubiquitous.

A Dutch student has revealed a prototype first aid ‘ambulance drone’, a flying defibrillator able to reach heart attack victims within precious life-saving minutes. Developed by engineering graduate Alec Momont, it can fly at speeds of up to 60mph. Continue reading

Health and Safety statistics at a glance

Health and Safety StatisticsHealth and Safety statistics recently published by the Health & Safety Executive show that Britain continues to be one of the safest places to work in Europe.

However, many workers are still being injured or made ill by work. The injury and ill-health statistics released show that an estimated 28.2 million working days were lost due to work related ill health or injury in 2013/14.

Sectors reporting the lowest injury rates were Finance (310) and Education with 610 per 100,000 workers. At any stage of the work activity being done, there is always the potential of an accident or damage to someone’s health occurring. Employees are exposed to hazards, be they slips, trips, falls, fire, hazardous substances, loads which have to be manually handled, equipment use, electricity, working with display screen equipment, or even psychological hazards such as stress.

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Fire Risk concerns with children’s Halloween costumes

Fire Risk Concerns with children's Halloween costumesWith Halloween approaching on Saturday 31 October, parents and children are starting to plan their parties and buy their costumes.

But the potential dangers of children’s Halloween fancy dress costumes hit the headlines last year when TV presenter Claudia Winkleman’s daughter was badly burned. Continue reading