Safe Hands First Aid Training Ltd

Health & Safety Policy

Introduction

Safe Hands First Aid Training Ltd is committed to achieving high standards of health, safety and environmental practice. Staff, learners, clients and visitors who work with us are expected to share this commitment by complying with our policies and procedures, and to understand that they too have legal and moral obligations to themselves and each other.

Responsibilities

The Director has ultimate responsibility for health and safety within the company and learners the operational management of health and safety to individual course trainers where different to him/herself.

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Safe Hands First Aid Training Ltd aims to ensure the health and safety of all persons who may be affected by our activities by:

  1. Consulting with staff and candidates in matters relating to their own health and safety so that they are aware of any hazards and measures taken to protect against them.
  2. Only using venues which are safe and where risks to health are controlled.
  3. Managing and maintaining equipment in good working order so that risks to health are controlled.
  4. Identifying potential hazards and conducting risk assessments where appropriate in order to minimise further risk.
  5. Ensuring that control measures and emergency procedures are in place and effectivelymonitored and maintained.
  6. Keeping up to date with best practice in relation to health and safety and complying with all relevant legislation and authoritative guidance.
  7. Including information on relevant health and safety legislation and standards in course syllabus’ where appropriate.

Safe Hands First Aid Training Ltd delivers training at a variety of third party venues. Whilst we will liaise with those responsible for the training venue, it is expected that they will also have suitable Health & Safety policies and practices in place. Safe Hands First Aid Training Ltd will not knowingly engage with any business or organisation that fails to demonstrate an appropriate level of regard for Health & Safety.

We expect our staff, candidates and visitors to comply with the practices set out in this policy and with any relevant legislation. Where no standards or legislation exist, we will develop practices which eliminate or minimise the risks so far as reasonably possible.

Objectives

Safe Hands First Aid Training Ltd has a duty of care to all employees and course learners. In order to discharge this duty, we take steps to ensure working and learning environments are safe, with risks to health being reduced to a minimum or eliminated totally. These steps include:

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  • venue risk assessments
  • fire risk assessments
  • clear explanation of emergency procedures
  • use of course registers
  • candidate joining instructions and pre-course questionnaires
  • robust syllabus for course delivery
  • safe and healthy working conditions
  • regular maintenance and safe storage of training equipment
  • a common sense approach at all times
  • annual review of this policy

Good Practice

Training Venues:

  • Participants will be introduced to premises layout, health and safety requirements, emergency and first aid procedures during housekeeping at the start of each course;
  • Venues are vetted for suitability prior to course booking;
  • Trainers working separately from others will be given instruction on how to minimise or eliminate the risk of danger or harm.

Personal Safety:

  • To protect young persons and vulnerable adults, all our trainers are CRB / PVG checked;
  • Learners are reminded of ‘safe practice’ and use of equipment throughout the duration of training;
  • Adjustments will be made to training activities for learners who are pregnant or have disabilities, they are asked to inform us on booking or at course registration;
  • All trainers and learners are asked to accept that they have a responsibility to take reasonable care of themselves and be aware of the safety of others around them;
  • All learners will be required to inform us of an emergency contact at the start of training (for company learners we will also contact the company).

Use of Equipment:

  • Our trainers are all qualified and experienced to operate training equipment and use the environments required to deliver Safe Hands First Aid Training Ltd courses;
  • All training equipment is modern and regularly/properly maintained with faulty equipment being replaced as necessary;
  • Learners are advised on the safe use of training equipment and where necessary these are training devices.

Accident Reporting:

  • All accidents and incidents will be recorded by the trainer, those resulting in serious injury will be reported to the Director as well as the delegate’s employer if appropriate/relevant;
  • All accidents will be investigated by the Director;The Director follows RIDDOR procedures when necessary;
  • The Director will take appropriate action to reduce or eliminate the chances of recurrence of serious injuries / incidences;
  • First aid materials and equipment will be readily available and clearly displayed;
  • Trainers and venue staff will have ready access to the emergency services.

Fire Safety:

  • Training venues will have clearly marked emergency exits, regular fire alarm testing, appropriate fire extinguishers and clearly identified evacuation procedures and assembly points;
  • Trainers will inform learners of fire evacuation routes and procedures during course registration (see risk assessment);
  • Learners will be requested to sign a register at the start of each training session and this register will be checked at designated assembly points;
  • Trainers will be made aware of visually or hearing-impaired learners and will ensure that they are able to understand emergency communication and are accompanied at all times (see risk assessment);
  • Smoking is NOT permitted on training premises.

Safe Access:

  • Exterior / interior areas will be properly lit;
  • Where possible there will be off road vehicle parking;
  • Convenient access will be provided for people with disabilities;
  • Wherever possible, learning is facilitated for people with disabilities or impairments;
  • Learners under the age of 18 are clearly identified so that they can be safeguarded (see separate policy).

Good Housekeeping:

Safe Hands First Aid Training Ltd regular training venues are the responsibility of Stirling University Innovation Park or East Lothian Council, who will ensure the premises are kept clean and orderly. Onsite training facilities will be the responsibility of individual businesses/companies. All venues will have appropriate heating, ventilation and lighting.

Monitoring & Review

The procedures set out in this policy will be widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved with Safe Hands First Aid Training Ltd. Failure to comply with the policy and procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal/exclusion from the organisation.

We will monitor all of the feedback received in relation to the issues affected by this policy and will amend the policy as necessary. Updates will be shared as part of Standardisation Meetings.

This policy will be reviewed annually as well as following:

  • changes in legislation and/or government guidance
  • as a result of any other significant change or event.

Victoria O’Neill (Director)
Safe Hands First Aid Training Ltd
6 Craigs Way,
Rumford,
Falkirk
FK2 0EU
01324 710 124 info@safehandsfirstaidtraining.co.uk www.safehandsfirstaidtraining.co.uk

Dated: 12.01.20
Next review: January 2021