THE FEDERATION OF FIRST AID TRAINING ORGANISATIONS (FOFATO) NEWSLETTER 1 (JANUARY 2014)

Firstly Happy New Year to all of our Members and particular those that we have not spoken to so far this year.

The key to our success has been to listen to and communicating with all our Training Providers on a regular basis.

FOFATO will give you (as it always has done) the personal touch and provide Advice and Guidance service, either by talking to you on the phone (which we prefer) or by sending out e mails to you on a regular basis.

FOFATO Membership  (Fees reduced to those charged in 2007)

We will have just 2 Levels of Registration within FOFATO (now that the FOFATO Paediatric Register has moved under FAIB).

The first will be Training Provider Registration, where we have REDUCED the annual fee to its original price when FOFATO began in 2007 to just £60 + (VAT) .

The second will be an Individual Trainer/Assessor Registration which will remain at £20 + (VAT).

Please be aware that the Paediatric Register has now moved to the First Aid Industry Body (FAIB).

Finally please note that we have the facility to put a link on the FOFATO website and vice versa. If you wish us to put a link to your website please let us know.

 Training Organisation Certificates

We have recently sent renewal letters to all our Members. Thank you to all those who have already renewed their Membership.

We will be sending out the renewal certificates electronically as soon as possible.

We have now sent out the majority of your 5 year certificates to all those Training Providers that have paid at least the first years monitoring charges. However if any Training Provider feels that a payment has been made and you have not received your certificate then please let us know as soon as possible.
 

FAIB/FOFATO National Trainer/Assessor Register

FOFATO has previously consulted with our Members regarding the creation of a National Trainer/Assessor Register. The feedback was positive and we now want to move ahead with this because we feel that this will ensure that every Trainer/Assessor has a good portfolio and a high level of competence. This will assist Training Providers in finding suitably qualified and competent Trainers/Assessors.

In relation to this register we would like Training Providers to work with FAIB in 2 areas.

Firstly we want to encourage our Training Providers to share information on the Annual Monitoring that must be conducted annually on every Trainer/Assessor (if that Trainer works for other Training Providers). This should be more efficient, save time and money and avoid duplication of monitoring which has occurred under the HSE system.

Secondly in order to increase the numbers on our Trainer/Assessor register we ask that our Training Providers encourage their Trainers/Assessors to register with us.

In order to make you fully aware, the monitoring by our Inspectors within the First Aid Industry Body ( FAIB) will be different to those conducted by HSE. The FAIB visit will be mainly used to monitoring the competence (particularly in terms of up to date First Aid knowledge) of Trainers/Assessors rather than checking reams of paperwork which can be done electronically. We feel that is a good way to begin to improve the quality of Trainers/Assessors across the Industry.

This of course also links in with a move to improve the standards and consistency of Trainers/Assessors. We are also aware of the moves aimed at achieving a standarised   Training qualification in 2015. This is something that is giving us some concern and which we are looking into presently. We will seeking your views as well as giving our view upon this will be providing further information as soon as possible.

Annual Conference/AGM

FOFATO will be holding a Conference alongside the First Aid Industry Body (FAIB) AGM. The Conference will be held in September/October 2014 and will be in Stockport, Cheshire.

We will also be asking what our Training Providers want out of this Conference and what they want to see from FOFATO in future years.

 

PAEDIATRIC FIRST AID

FOFATO have now wrote to the Chief Executive of the Local Government Association in London. This is with the full support of our Local M.P. Andrew Stunnel, the Parliamentary Under Secretary in the Dept. of Communities and Local Government.

We have asked in our letter that all Local Authorities are made aware that the Industry Body route has been accepted by the Government Minister Chris Grayling.

We have also asked our Members to let us have the details of the contact for Paediatric First Aid within each Local Authority so that we able to contact them directly.

The First Aid Industry Body option will save Local Authorities A LOT OF MONEY.

 

THE FIRST AID INDUSTRY BODY (FAIB)

FAIB is going from strength to strength with more Training Organisations showing interest every day. The intetest has come, not just from private Training Organisations but also from the Public and Educational sector with many colleges wanting to register with ourselves. A new First Aid Industry Body website (www.faib.co.uk) will be up and running very soon. We intend to publish the names of Training Organisation who register with us (once we have their authority).

 

CONTENT OF EMERGENCY FIRST AID AT WORK (EFAW) COURSE

The Emergency First Aid at Work course should last at least 6 contact 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 administerfirst aid safely, promptly and effectively to a casualty who is unconscious and/or in seizure;
-demonstrate how to administer cardiopulmonary 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.

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).