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Safer Workforce Training train a number of carefully selected people every year to become trainers for us who we also support to become their own Centre and develop their own training business. Almost all of our trainers come to us because they have attended one of our courses as a candidate and liked the style so much that they want to learn to deliver courses in the same way.

We only select the right calibre people because we put a lot of time and effort into mentoring each trainer so that they deliver the high quality of training that sets us apart. It takes time and commitment from both parties to make this happen. If you are passionate about teaching and learning, have an interest in first aid, health & safety, Fire Safety, Food Safety, Health & Social Care ; then

 First Aid

On 1st October 2013 the HSE approval of first aid training providers ended and the responsibility for ensuring the standards of workplace first aid training moved from the HSE to employers.

The new regulations now require employers to carry out their own due diligence and investigations on the first aid training provider in order to ensure that the training meets the necessary standards.

Employers do not need to undertake any due diligence if their first aiders undertake OFQUAL (QCF) regulated first aid qualifications. This is because an Awarding Organisationregulates these courses, which means that both the training provider and the qualifications have already been verified as meeting the required standards.

Safer Workforce Training delivers all OFQUAL (RQF) regulated first aid at work qualifications.

By booking with us you can be assured that you have fulfilled your legal responsibilities for providing quality first aid training without having to undertake any due diligence.

To book today or for further information, please call us on 0800 999 5955

Frequently Asked Questions - First Aid

How many first aiders do I need?

The findings of your first aid needs assessment will help you decide how many first aiders are required. There are no hard and fast rules on exact numbers and you will need to take into account all the relevant circumstances of your particular workplace. 

Some useful things to consider when deciding on the number of delegates to train are :-

The HSE guidelines on leave and absence state it is essential that provision is made at all times at work. Employers need to ensure adequate provision for annual leave and other planned absences of their first aid personnel. Employers should also consider what cover is needed for unplanned and exceptional absences such as sick leave or special leave, due to bereavement.

All first aid training certificates are issued to the individual, so at Safer Workforce Training we would recommend that you train as many staff as you can spare on the day of the training. In our opinion, not only will your premises be a safer place to work, it will help the company future proof it's requirements over the next three years should any of your first aiders leave or be absent, planned or otherwise, from the company.

You can view the full guidelines on the health and safety executive website or
click here for the HSE first aid at work your questions answered PDF.

What course do I need to take?

Again the findings of your first aid needs assessment will help you decide what course is required. You will need to take into account all the relevant circumstances of your particular workplace and then apply the current guidelines.

You can view the full guidelines on the health and safety executive website or
click here for the HSE first aid at work your questions answered PDF.

I can'€™t release my staff for three consecutive days, can courses be split over a longer period.

Yes the course can be split into 3 individual days so for example one day a week over three weeks.

Can you arrange courses to be run at weekends?

Yes no problem, at Safer Workforce Training  we are here to help your business run as smoothly as possible and if that means arranging a trainer to come to you over the weekend then that’s what we will endeavour to do.

Can I be prosecuted if I don't have a first aider?

According to the HSE website, the HSE may prosecute in cases where there is a significant risk, a disregard for established standards or persistent poor compliance with the law. More information can be found in 'HSE's Enforcement Policy Statement' [134KB].

What are my legal Obligations?

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. Detailed information can be found in First aid at work. The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981. Approved Code of Practice and guidance.

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.

How many hours do the courses take?

We would recommend allocating a full working day for the emergency first aid at work however the course will be a minimum of 6 hours.

We would recommend allocating a full three days for the first aid at work course, however the minimum training time will be 18 hours.

How long is my certificate valid for?

First aid at work and emergency first aid at work certificates are valid for three years, however annual refresher courses are highly recommended.

Lost or replacement certificates?

If your certificate has been lost, damaged or kept by your previous employer please contact us on 0800 999 5955 or email us at admin@saferworkforcetraining.co.uk with your full name, company name, date of course and the subject - replacement certificate.

There may be a small charge for a replacement certificate.

What are the onsite venue requirements?

The space must be clean and tidy with enough space for the number of delegates booked, to sit comfortably along with space for the trainer and the training equipment. Usually the trainer needs a space the size of a normal desk for their equipment. Please remember health & safety and Fire Safety is very important when allocating space for training.

Fire Safety & your obligations

Fire is FAST. In just two minutes, a fire can become life-threatening. In five minutes, a buildingcan be engulfed in flames.

Top Tips

Keep your work area free of waste paper, trash and other items that can easily catch fire.

Consider reducing the amount of flammable/explosive substances you store on site.

Check your electrical cords for damage. If a cord is damaged in any way, replace it as soon as possible. Try not to lay cords in places where they can be stepped on, as this will contribute to deterioration of the protective outside coating.

Don't just talk about it, run through your fire drill regularly and make sure everyone knows what to do. Check windows and other exits to make sure that they will open if necessary and practice meeting up at your assigned location outside.

Fire Safety FAQ's

The law on Fire Safety

Employers have a legal obligation to ensure they reduce the risk of fire and protect their employees from harm caused by fire. Please refer to the gov.uk site for Fire safety law and guidance documents for business.

The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) require employers to assess the risk of fires and explosions arising from work activities involving dangerous substances, and to eliminate or reduce these risks.

Fire safety arrangements

Implementing Fire safety arrangements means taking steps to reduce the risk of fires and to protect people from harm caused by fire.

Fire hazards

Many substances found in the workplace can cause fires or explosions. Obvious items are flammable chemicals, petrol, cellulose paint thinners and welding gases but there are less obvious items such as engine oil, grease, packaging materials, dusts from wood, flour and sugar.

Understanding responsibilities, raising awareness and adopting the correct behaviours and procedures.

If you are an employer, building owner or you simply occupy a building you must carry out a fire safety risk assessment and keep it up to date. In line with current legislation, your duties include:

Most fires are preventable but you could be fined or go to prison if you don’t follow fire safety regulations. Local fire and rescue authorities inspect premises and can issue fire safety notices telling you about changes you need to make. It's therefore key that that you ensure you understand your responsibilities and implement the appropriate measures.

Whether your looking to simply raise staff awareness, educate teachers and staff who work in a school environment or train as a fire marshall/warden with AOFAQ Level 2 National accreditation, Safer Workforce Training have a wide range of courses available.

Further reading

For information on Fire safety can be found below.

Health and Safety Executive - Fire Safety

gov.uk - Fire safety in the workplace

Fire safety law Scotland

Fire safety law - Northern Ireland

Food Safety FAQ's

Food business operators are required by law, to ensure that food handlers receive appropriate supervision and instruction/training in food hygiene in line with their work activity and should enable them to handle food safely.

The need for training cannot be overstatedespecially due to tragic death because of food poisoning and allergy related anaphylaxis. The untimely death of a publican in Yorkshire and the consequent imprisonment for six years of the offender in 2016 is a salutary reminder to take food safety seriously.

Food operation business have a legal responsibility to ensure food is safe for consumption and part of their due diligence involves ensuring staff are appropriately trained to mitigate the risks of food poising and allergy related incidents.

Safer Workforce Training are here to help by delivering the following course at your premises or at our public events:

 Avoid enforcement activities and sanctions by the Environmental Health Practitioner (Local Authority) or Food Standards Agency or Trading Standards Agency by calling us on 0800 999 5955 to help you comply. Your business reputation is key to your sustainability.