Frequently asked questions

First Aid

What does the law say about First Aid in the work place?


The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 requires all employers to provide suitable first-aid equipment, First Aid facilities and First Aid personnel to enable immediate First Aid assistance to be given to employees if they are injured or become ill at work




How many First Aiders does my workplace need?


The findings of your employer’s first-aid needs assessment will help them decide how many first-aiders are required, what level of training staff need and how often. (Use our First Aid Requirements Calculator)




Do I need to do a First Aid course?


First Aid is something we should all know! Employers have a legal requirement to provide adequate First Aid provisions within the work place. For us as an individual, it not only looks great on your C.V. when approaching potential employers, but also is something we carry with us where ever we are and whatever we do… An emergency can happen at any time, anywhere and to any one of us!! Are you prepared?




How do I choose the right first aid at work training course?


The first aid training course you need depends on the activities carried out in your workplace and the number of employees that you have (Low or High risk). This will help you determine what level of training is needed and how many staff will need to be trained.

There are two levels of first aider in the work place




What is the Emergency First Aider at work course?


This 3 Day First Aid at Work (FAW) Qualification meets the guidlines of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and is designed to comply with all the legal requirements of the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981. It satisfies the first aid requirements regarding having a fully qualified first aider in the workplace.Students are required to pass an exam, which is conducted by independent assessors. The Qualification is valid for three years, but annual refresher training is advised to avoid skills fade, loss of confidence and keep up to date with current guidelines




What is the First Aid at Work Requalifying course?


The FAW requalifying course is a 2 Day course that updates the first aid skills for people who need to renew their statutory first aid at work qualification and whose existing qualification is still valid




I manage a nursery. What type of First Aid training does my staff need?


Nurseries, crèches, child-minders and similar which come under the remit of OFSTED Early Years are usually required to have some staff trained on the two day First Aid For Child carers course. This is sometimes referred to as a Paediatric First Aid course. Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (RQF)




Can PFS help me with a Paediatric Course?


Yes!! We offer a 2 Day Paediatric First Aid course
This course is for Early Years and EYFS Foundation stage staff and complies with the OFSTED requirements for first aid training in Early Years settings, this could include a nursery, school, child minder, crèche, after school club etc. The course can help you comply with an OFSTED inspection.




What should be in a first aid kit?


There is no mandatory list of contents for first-aid boxes and HSE does not ‘approve’ or endorse particular products. Deciding what to include should be based on an employer’s assessment of first-aid needs. As a guide a UK standard was set, see image




How often should the contents of first-aid boxes be replaced?


Although there is no specified review timetable, many items, particularly sterile ones, are marked with expiry dates. They should be replaced by the dates given and expired items disposed of safely. In cases where sterile items have no dates, it would be advisable to check with the manufacturers to find out how long they can be kept. For non-sterile items without dates, it is a matter of judgement, based on whether they are fit for purpose. All used items should be disposed of responsibly in yellow CLINICAL WASTE bags.




Are First Aiders allowed to give tablets and medication to casualties?


First aid at work does not include giving tablets or medicines to treat illness. The only exception to this is where Aspirin is used when giving first aid to a casualty with a suspected heart attack in accordance with currently accepted first-aid practice casualty should be asked if they are allergic to Aspirin. It is recommended that tablets and medicines should not be kept in the first-aid box. Some workers carry their own medication that has been prescribed by their doctor (Inhaler for Asthma). If an individual needs to take their own prescribed medication, the first-aider’s role is generally limited to helping them to do so and contacting the emergency services as appropriate. Medicines legislation restricts the administration of injectable medicines. Unless self-administered, they may only be administered by or in accordance with the instructions of a doctor (eg by a nurse). However, in the case of an Automatic Adrenalin Injector (AAI) (Epipen) there is an exemption to this restriction, which means in an emergency a layperson (First Aider) is permitted to administer it by injection for the purpose of saving life.




What is Blended Learning?


Blended Learning combines traditional face-to-face training/assessment with remote training or e-Learning. With part of the course delivered online – usually the theory – and practical elements of the qualifications then being covered in the classroom. For example, a First Aid at Work course can be split into two sections, with 1/3 delivered online: • Day one: covering theory outside of the classroom – either via e-Learning or remote training through video conferencing • Day two & three: classroom-based delivery focussing on practical skills





Fire


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Fire Safety

How do fires start


Fires need three things to start – a source of ignition (heat), a source of fuel (something that burns) and oxygen: Sources of ignition include heaters, lighting, naked flames, electrical equipment, smokers’ materials (cigarettes, matches etc), and anything else that can get very hot or cause sparks Sources of fuel include wood, paper, plastic, rubber or foam, loose packaging materials, waste rubbish and furniture Sources of oxygen include the air around us. Learn more about our 1/2 day Fire Safety Awareness course by clicking the image below.




What does the Law say about Fire Safety training?


If you own, manage or operate a business, you will need to comply with fire safety law.
The main law is the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 or "the Fire Safety Order" which applies across England and Wales and came into force on 1 October 2006. The Order applies to virtually all buildings, places and structures other than individual private dwellings e.g. individual flats in a block or family homes, and it is your responsibility to make sure your workplace reaches the required standard and employees are provided with adequate fire safety training.





General QA

What is CPD?


CPD means Continuing Professional Development. ‘A commitment to structured skills enhancement and personal or professional competence’. Basically, this is your portfolio and what you do to show evidence that you are keeping your qualifications and skills up to date.




Do I need CPD in my work place?


Absolutely! It is important for everyone, no matter their occupation, role or responsibility within an organization, to ensure that their skills and knowledge are up to date. Our view is that the undertaking of CPD is particularly important in today’s fast moving technological world as the criteria used for achieving qualifications may no longer be relevant, but rather showing ‘evidence’ that these skills are being kept up to date.




How can PFS help with CPD?


One of our specialties, where required, is to consult with and assist Employers with their on going CPD (Staff Training). Some of our clients work within a high risk category, where the risk of an accident is high (Leisure, Transport, Construction and Specialist Industries). PFS provide regular consultation and training, so that staff are regularly tested and put under pressure with scenario training carried out in their own environment (During the day and night). Not only does this give staff greater confidence to deal with such an emergency, but also avoids ‘skills fade’. Records are kept (Portfolio) to show competence with their skills and use of specialist equipment (where required) and when new skills are learnt.




Why should I choose PFS?


PFS Instructors are hand-picked, not just for their vast array of ‘on the job’ experience and confidence, but also for their passion, ability to make the subject come alive and inspire their students, bringing you the highest professional quality training delivered in a friendly atmosphere.




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