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, delegates, 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 delegates the operational management of health and safety to individual course trainers where different to him/herself.

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 effectively monitored 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 delegates. 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:

  • pre-course vetting of training venues
  • 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 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
  • Course delegates are reminded of ‘safe practice’ and use of equipment throughout the duration of training
  • Adjustments will be made to training activities for delegates who are pregnant or have disabilities, they are politely asked to inform the trainer on booking or at course registration
  • All trainers and delegates 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 delegates will be required to inform us of an emergency contact at the start of training (for company delegates 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
  • Delegates are advised on the safe use of training equipment and where necessary these are training devices
  • Real-life scenarios planned as part of training practice/assessments will each have their own risk assessment

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 delegates of fire evacuation routes and procedures during course registration (see risk assessment)
  • Delegates 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 delegates 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
  • Leaners 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 venue is the responsibility of The Boys Brigade 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 undertake to continually review and develop our safety management systems, with the overarching aim of conducting our activities in a manner which does not affect the health and safety of any staff, delegates, clients, visitors or members of the public.

We will monitor all of the feedback received in relation to the issues affected by this policy and will amend the policy as necessary.

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.

Next review:  June 2016

 

© Safe Hands First Aid Training Ltd 12/06/2015