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Health and Safety Executive (HSE) First Aid Bulletin Update
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Health and Safety Executive First Aid Bulletin Update


Did you know that the HSE has published new guidance regarding Blended Learning, AEDs, haemostatic dressings and tourniquets?

To help you get up-to-date with the changes, we have summarised the key points below including how these will affect training and what you can do to make sure you are fully prepared for the changes: 

Blended Learning

The HSE have announced that Blended Learning is now an accepted means by which workplace first aid training can be delivered. This means that Trainers can now deliver first aid qualifications using a combination of face to face classroom training and electronic distance based training.

However, the HSE also state that it is an employer’s duty to ensure they are satisfied that the training is as effective as face to face learning, and that their training provider has adequate systems in place to support Learners and prevent identity fraud.

Laptop-blue-screen_(2).jpgAs such, Qualsafe is proud to reveal that we will be launching our brand new Blended Learning system in the near future.

With Qualsafe’s commitment to providing the highest possible quality, this means you will not only be able to provide your customers with the most up-to-date training methods that meet HSE requirements, you can also be confident that you are using the UK’s No 1 Blended Learning system.

With more information due to be announced in the upcoming months, make sure that you keep your eyes peeled for further updates.


Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)

The HSE have stated that the use of an AED should now be included as standard on all workplace first aid courses. The bulletin asks that all training providers introduce training and assessment in AEDs into first aid courses by the end of 2016. The HSE does not expect every first aider to have an in-depth knowledge of AEDs, but Learners will need to cover the correct placement of AED pads and following AED instructions.

The HSE and the First Aid Awarding Organisations Forum have also clarified that 1 AED trainer will be required per manikin (minimum of 1 per 4 learners) in order to ensure that Learners have sufficient hands-on practise.

Prepare for the Change:

Mini-AED-Trainer-210px_(3).pngTo assist training providers with implementing this change with minimal costs, we have sourced some high quality, cost-effective Mini AED Trainers, which can be found here. At only £29.95 each, be sure to get yours early before they sell out.

Alternatively, you can view the full range of Trainer AEDs available by simply clicking here.


Tourniquets and Haemostatic Dressings  

The HSE has advised that when carrying out a first aid needs assessment, employers who identify a specific risk of life-threatening bleeding (e.g. those working in arboriculture, construction, glass work, agriculture or those who use dangerous machinery) should consider providing tourniquets and haemostatic dressings and ensure that their workplace first aiders are trained in their use.

Prepare for the Change:

With employers now being required to consider life-threatening bleeding as part of their first aid needs assessment, training providers are likely to be asked by employers to cover these topics on courses and asked to provide advice on suitable tourniquets and haemostatic dressings. It is therefore essential that all first aid training providers are able to provide training and advice.

7640884_startyourelearningcoursetoday3.pngWe have recently launched a new E-learning package that provides Trainers and IQAs with everything they need to know about tourniquets and haemostatic dressings. With prices starting from only £29.95, our E-learning course is an extremely cost effective way to gain all of the knowledge needed in just 3 hours. To find out more, please  click here.

We also have an extensive range of tourniquets and haemostatic dressings available, including training aids to help you safely demonstrate the use of these in the classroom. To view the full range, simply   click here. Tourniquet-and-Haemostatic-Dressing_(3).png

Whilst learning these life-saving skills is currently dependent on the circumstances of the learner and their workplace, the Qualsafe Clinical Team strongly recommend that training in tourniquets and haemostatic dressings is provided as standard on all first aid courses. An evidence-based rationale document detailing why we have made this recommendation will be available on our website shortly. There are also many advantages for training providers who deliver this as standard, such as being able to provide their customers with more in-depth training and advertise that their courses also cater for higher risk environments.  

Training Materials

Books-Fan-2015-220px_(3).pngWe are proud to say that first aid books and PowerPoint presentations already include sufficient advice on AED usage, tourniquets and haemostatic dressings to satisfy HSE requirements, so you can cover these topics without the need to purchase or print additional training handouts.

In line with RCUK, ERC , ILCOR and FPHC guidelines and supported by a distinguished medical review panel, you can be confident that our training books are the No 1 choice for high quality training providers in the UK.

Further Information

Should you require any further information, simply call us on 0845 644 3305 and our dedicated Customer Service team will be happy to help you further.