CONTENT OF FIRST AID AT WORK (FAW) COURSE

The First Aid at Work course should last at least 18 hours, excluding breaks.
On completion of training, successful candidates should be able to;

-understand the role of the first aider including reference to the use of available equipment and the need for recording incidents and actions;
-understand the importance of basic hygiene in first aid procedures;
-assess the situation and circumstances in order to act safely, promptly and effectively in an emergency;
-demonstrate how to administer first aid safely, promptly and effectively to a casualty who is unconscious and/or in seizure;
-demonstrate how to administer cardipulmonary resuscitation promptly and effectively;
-demonstrate how to administer first aid safely, promptly and effectively to a casualty who is wounded or bleeding and/or in shock;
-administer first aid safely, promptly and effectively to a casualty who is choking;
-provide appropriate first aid for minor injuries;
-recognising the presence of major illness and applying general first aid principles in its management.
In addition, candidates should be able to demonstrate the correct management:
-soft tissue injuries;
-injuries to bones including suspected spinal injuries;
-chest injuries;
-burns and scalds;
-eye inuries including how to irrigate an eye;
-sudden poisoning and anaphalylactic shock.

To help facilitate a move to a shorter course, the syllabus should only include those elements important to the effective provision of first aid in the workplace. Within this framework, it is important that anatomy, physiology and medical aspects etc, are kept to a minimum. Therefore, the new course should provide more emphasis on essential practical elements and less emphasis on theory.

As alluded to above, the syllabus reflects a trade off between the need to be relatively specific and the need to maintain a degree of flexibility so the course can be tailored to the needs of the employers/the audience.

With this in mind, it is suggested that for the first aid management of major illness, first aiders should be able to recognise when an individual has a serious medical condition, whatever the cause, and should be able to apply general first aid principles in managing it. Placing more emphasis on specific medical conditions may suggest that the first aider will need to attempt a ?diagnosis? when dealing with a medical emergency. First Aiders should not be expected to make a diagnosis of a specific illness.

Where someone suffers an asthmatic attack, heart attack or stroke(examples of medical conditions commonly covered in current first aid at work course), while first aiders should apply general principles, there is little they can do in terms of applying procedures that would be specific to any of these conditions prior to the availability of medical expertise. Therefore the amount of detail provided on individual medical conditions should be kept to a minimum.

NATIONAL DATABASE FOR THE REGISTRATION OF TRAINERS

FOFATO is seeking views on its proposal to introduce a Trainer Registration Scheme.Through the work already done my its Members we have are seeking to introduce the largest registration scheme of its kind in the United Kingdom which could create lots of work within the Membership. We also hope to be able to share the annual monitoring of Trainers from one Training Provider to another and so avoid duplication of monitoring. This should save Training Providers time and money.

 

LETTER TO MINISTER OF STATE

FOFATO have immediately written to the Minister of State Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP regarding the very ambiguous statement currently on the HSE website.

Please contact FOFATO on 0161 494 9045 or e mail iankershaw@fofato.co.uk for a copy of the letter or further advice.

FOFATO believe that a FIRST AID INDUSTRY BODY is the way forward We DO NOT WANT OFQUAL/SQA

TRAINING ORGANISATIONS MUST STAND UP AND BE COUNTED!!!

NO PHONE CONTACT WITH HSE (FAAMS) FROM 30/09/12

You may be aware as of the 3rd October 2011 you will not be able to contact the First Aid Approval and Monitoring Section (FAAMS) of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) by Telephone or E Mail but you will have to write a letter if you require any information if it is not available from the sources below.

HSE say that this change is driven by the need to further improve efficiency and deliver value for taxpayers. The expectation of HSE is that you will first look at the HSE website and if the answer cannot be found there, before then seeking the advice of an appropriately qualified consultant (for example one who is listed on the Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register (OSHCR) see: www.hse.gov.uk/oshcr/index.htm . It is expected that it is only when questions cannot be resolved from these sources that people will write in. For information on the issues which FAAMS will respond to see:
www.hse.gov.uk/firstaid/whats-new/accessing-faams.htm

The address for all enquiries is: FAAMS
HSE
Redgrave Court
Merton Road
Bootle
L20 7HS

For Approved Training Organisations, or those wishing to become Approved, answers to questions on how to comply with the Training Standard can be found at:
www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/web41.pdf

All this information is very good but do you really have the time to look for it?

There is one simple solution contact the Federation of First Aid Training Organisations (FOFATO) by telephone on 0161 494 9045 and ask for Ian Kershaw or visit the website www.fofato.co.uk and consider joining the Organisation that already represents almost 400 HSE Approved Training Organisations.

Speak to Ian Kershaw who with his Background, Expertise and Independence (which no other Representative Body can offer) over the past 16 years within the First Aid Industry will be able to answer your questions very quickly.

EMPLOYERS WHAT SIZE FIRST AID KIT (BRITISH STANDARD) DO YOU REQUIRE?

TO ALL EMPLOYERS

LOW HAZARD (Shops, Offices, Libraries): less than 25 employees, SMALLl size kit.

LOW HAZARD (Shops, Offices, Libraries): less than 25-100 employees, MEDIUM size kit.

LOW HAZARD (Shops, Offices, Libraries): more than 100 employees,  LARGE size kit (per 100 employees.

HIGH HAZARD (Light Engineering and Assembly Work, Food Processing, Warehousing, Extensive work with dangerous machinery, Construction, Chemical manufacture): less than 5 employees, SMALL size kit.

HIGH HAZARD (Light Engineering and Assembly Work, Food Processing, Warehousing, Extensive work with dangerous machinery, Construction, Chemical manufacture): 5-25 employees, MEDIUM size kit.

HIGH HAZARD (Light Engineering and Assembly Work, Food Processing, Warehousing, Extensive work with dangerous machinery, Construction, Chemical manufacture): more than 25 employees, LARGE size kit (per 25 employees).

FIRST AID INSURANCE (FOR FOFATO MEMBERS)

PLEASE SEE THE LINK ON THE HOME PAGE OF FOFATO WEBSITE FOR YOUR INSURANCE.

FIRST AID TRAINING ORGANISATION INSURANCE-STANDARD COVER

Employers Liability £10,000,000 limit of indemnity

Public / Products Liability £ 5,000,000 limit of indemnity

Professional Indemnity £ 250,000 limit of indemnity

Legal Expenses £ 100,000 limit

COMPARE OUR PRICES ON A LIKE FOR LIKE BASIS AND SEE IF YOU CAN FIND CHEAPER!!

HSE SUSPEND FOFATO MEMBERS LICENCE

HSE has suspended the licence of one of our Members because at present they are unable to run a FAW course at present for HSE to monitor.

Our Member has run around 70 EFAW courses under his own approval since October 2009 as well as 14 FAW in 2010 and 6 FAW in 2011 (with another Training Organisation).

We are very unhappy with this decision because has in effect stopped him from working when he has a number of EFAW course already planned with clients he has worked with for many years.

We are currently gathering the evidence before we go back to HSE with our response because this situation could arise with many other Training Organisations.

We feel that this  is more evidence that HSE are attempting to remove Training  Providers so that there will be less opposition when they (HSE) attempt to force First Aid down the Ofqual/SQA route.

BRITISH STANDARD FIRST AID KITS

The British Standards Institute introduced BS 8599 on 30th June 2011. This new standard will give the required contents for 4 different First Aid Kits (Small, Medium, Large and Travel Kits).

Employers are required to make a risk assessment to decide what hazard levels are and how many employees are involved in the area to be covered (in order to determine what kit(s) are required). Where there are special circumstances, such as remoteness from emergency medical services, shiftwork or sites with several separate buildings, there might need to be more First Aid kits.

Employers should be aware that there is NO LEGAL REQUIREMENT to use British Standard Kits alternatives are available.

ERC RESUSCITATION COUNCIL GUIDELINES 2010

The ERC Resuscitation Council Guidelines changed from 06.30hrs Central European Time on Monday 18th October 2010.

The new guidelines will be available via www.cprguidelines.eu

For HSE Approved Training Organisations these guidelines must be implemented by 30th June 2011.