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How paediatric first aid courses help you become an effective child caregiver

11-05-2016

Photo shows a plaster being applied to a child

It’s not that curiosity is a bad thing that should be curtailed. No. Every parent and caregiver should nurture a child's innate curiosity. But instead of giving free rein to that curiosity, caregivers should temper that with vigilance and proper preparation, like taking up paediatric emergency f…

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A guide to defibrillators in the workplace; what you need to know

29-02-2016

Photo shows a patient being loaded onto an ambulanceA cardiac arrest happens when a person's heart stops pumping blood around their body, their breathing stops and oxygen is no longer circulating. There are approximately 60,000 out of hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrests (SCA) each year in the UK, and they can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender or l…

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The benefits of online first aid training

22-10-2015

Photo shows a man using a laptop at homeWhile children will all receive first aid training at school, it is important that adults are also first aid trained. Whether you have never received any training at all, or your existent knowledge is out of date, bridging that skills gap has become easier than ever with online e-learning courses. T…

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Eliminate burns in the workplace

23-06-2015

Photo shows a chef in a hot kitchenBurns are often overlooked as a workplace-related injury, but occur by the thousands each year and in several occupational fields. While burn injuries are less common than slip and fall injuries or sprains and strains, according to a study conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administrati…

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Training in first aid – how companies can make their work environment safer

19-02-2015

Photo shows a first aid kitIt’s a sad fact that accidents, injuries, and illnesses can take place in the workplace. For this reason, many countries have adopted a law ensuring that workers have access to a well-stocked first aid kit and facilities alongside an actual response system that provides an established proced…

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The importance of first aid refresher courses

27-10-2014

Photo shows a first aid kitTraining your employees on the importance of first aid in the office is essential in creating a safe workplace. It is against the law for employers to not provide adequate and appropriate personnel, equipment and facilities needed to ensure their staff receive immediate attention if they are injured…

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Common hazards in the workplace

04-09-2014

Despite the ongoing hard work of all of us involved with improving awareness of health and safety issues in the workplace, serious accidents and injuries are still very common.

To help raise awareness of this, Cute Injury have put together a great infographic detailing the most common hazards in th…

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First aid in the office: why it’s important

27-06-2014

Photo shows a hand holding a metal heartIn the UK alone, there is a killer responsible for the deaths of 140,000 people each year. It is a spree unrivalled by any other in the country.

That killer is Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

The statistic is shocking. It establishes a morbid tone, certainly, but Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) need not take s…

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Lack of first aid knowledge ‘as dangerous as cancer’

03-10-2012

A campaign launched recently showed that 140,000 people every year die in situations that could have been prevented had there been a trained first aider there. Indeed, that’s the same amount of deaths as caused by cancer.

The hard-hitting TV adverts were first run during prime time TV, showin…

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First aid kit requirements for the workplace

11-09-2012

first aid kitOver the last few years, there has been a significant change in the standards businesses must conform to when providing first aid boxes for their workplace.

In June 2011, the BSI introduced BS-8599 British Standard for First Aid Kits, which gave business owners until the end of 2011 to change thei…

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Essential tips for site safety

02-08-2012

Construction sites are some of the most dangerous places to work. The nature of the work, and the tools used to carry it out, means the potential for accidents is always high.

Some of the tips on this list are required by law, but they're well worth reminding yourself of every now and again. There is…

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5 health and safety tips to keep in mind when setting up your own business

23-07-2012

Being your own boss is exciting; it opens you up to the world and various opportunities. But, amidst the excitement, be sure that you have all your legalities in check too. While having entrepreneurial spirit can be exhilarating, it comes with risks – especially if you are going to need employees.

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Health and safety signs

07-06-2012

Photo shows a high voltage electricity warning signHealth and safety signs play an important role in keeping us safe and as they indicate to us a possible health and/or safety hazard and also indicate how we can protect ourselves in a hazardous situation. From toxic chemicals to overhead loads, signs are used to indicate a wide range of situations.

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Lichfield firm fined after worker's neck broken

09-01-2012

Palletways (UK) Ltd. has been fined after a forklift driver broke his neck when a computer cabinet he was loading onto a trailer fell on him.

Barry Hill, 60, was operating the truck at Palletways (UK) Ltd, Fradley Distribution Park, when he noticed that one of the cabinets was rocking on the for…

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iPhone first aid app available free

14-12-2011

St John Ambulance has officially announced its first aid iPhone app is now free to download. The app, which gives life saving advice, has already proved to be the difference between life and death.

Launched last year, the ‘St John Ambulance First Aid’ app has now been downloaded by nearly 43,000 peop…

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Fear of getting it wrong stops most people learning first aid

06-09-2011

Lives are being put at risk because people are avoiding learning first aid for fear of getting it wrong, a leading charity warns today.

A British Red Cross poll of more than 2,000 adults across the UK found that nearly two-thirds of respondents thought people avoid learning first aid because of the …

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First Aid Resources

20-05-2011

The health and safety links page has been updated. One of the new additions is a link to some useful First Aid Fact Sheets available on the Aid Training website.

EDIT 25/11/13 - Aid Training link removed at request of site owner

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