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13/05/2024

From Health and Safety Executive.
Protect your workers from violence and aggression
Violence and aggression at work can have a serious impact on your workers physical and mental health.
HSE's guidance on violence at work will help you protect your workers.
The guidance will help you:
• assess the risks
• put the right controls in place to protect workers
• report and learn from incidents
We also have specific guidance on how to support your workers after a violent incident. There are also examples drawn from typical situations.
In addition, there is separate advice for workers, which explains how they can help employers prevent violent incidents at work.
Those who work alone can be particularly vulnerable and we have specific advice on how employers should protect lone workers from violence.

06/05/2024

Myth: We All Need To Drink Eight Glasses of Water A Day.
Hydration, hydration, hydration! Influencers, gym-bros, some doctors, and even mums tell you that all those pesky health problems will disappear if you only drink at least eight glasses of water daily! Let's burst the bubble here.
While staying hydrated is crucial, the idea that we need a specific number of glasses is as fictional as a unicorn. Our hydration needs depend on factors such as body size, activity level, and climate. So, listen to the body and not the myth. Sip when you're thirsty, and stay hydrated. Cheers!

06/05/2024

Courses for MAY
Gravesend
First Aid at Work Requalification 13th/14th
Emergency First Aid at Work 20th
Bromley
Emergency First Aid at Work 10th
Paediatric First Aid 21st/22nd

24/04/2024

From Health and Safety Executive:
Updates to RIDDOR guidance
There are no changes to legal requirements, but the updated guidance will help you understand how and when to submit a report under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR).
The improvements are based on feedback gathered from stakeholders.
Main changes to the guidance:
• more direct links to guidance on types of reportable incidents to help you decide whether a report is required
• improved guidance on who should and should not report under RIDDOR
• improved guidance on what is meant by a ‘work-related’ accident
• information on when an occupational disease is not reportable
• increased clarity on when an ‘over-7-day’ absence should be reported
Main changes to the forms:
• questions about severity of injuries have been frontloaded to help you quickly decide if your incident is reportable
• pop-up messages now redirect you if the incident is not reportable
• guidance has been improved to make the forms easier to use
Go to the updated guidance on RIDDOR

16/04/2024

Good day.
We have an EFAW running 22nd April, at Istead Rise and an EFAW on 24th April at Bromley.
Please let me know if you are interested.

15/04/2024

From Health and Safety Executive:
Stress Awareness Month
April is stress awareness month and HSE is urging employers to prevent and reduce stress in their workplace.
We're inviting businesses and workers to complete the 5 steps of our Working Minds campaign over the course of the month - whether that’s learning how, or actually getting stuck in.
5 steps in 5 weeks
1. Reach out and have conversations
2. Recognise the signs and causes of stress
3. Respond to any risks identified by agreeing action points
4. Reflect on the actions taken – have things improved?
5. Make it Routine to check back in on how things are going
Join us:
• plan it into the diary
• tell your colleagues and teams
• register for bitesize learning for step-by-step advice, tools and templates
• download the campaign materials to share with others
Getting started
The most important step is getting started – taking the first step to start the conversation or get prepared to.
You can have conversations individually or in groups or teams, the key thing is to recognise any common stressors or issues being raised. You might also gather information such as sickness absence records and staff survey results if you have them.
There are 6 main areas that can lead to work-related stress if they are not managed properly:
• demands
• control
• support
• relationships
• role
• change
If you’re finding it difficult to know where to start, see the Talking Toolkit for a step-by-step approach of what to ask and some ideas of what to do next.
The signs of stress...
More reports of stress would indicate that issues may be bubbling where you work, but there are other less obvious things to consider that can mean that workers are showing signs of stress.
A change in the way someone acts can also be a sign, for example taking more time off, arriving for work later, loss of motivation or confidence, or seeming more nervous or emotional. Across the team, this can also look like:
• arguments
• higher staff turnover
• more sickness absence
• decreased performance
• more complaints and grievances
Although employers have a legal duty to protect employees from stress at work, diagnosing and treating stress isn’t your responsibility. Your responsibility is to identify the risks of stress and act on them.
You can use HSE’s risk assessment template to record what you’ve found and agreed to do to prevent, reduce or tackle issues.
Other helpful resources
• watch our video: 5 steps in 5 weeks
• download our one-page round up of support and resources (.pdf) available to support employers and workers to prevent stress and support good mental health at work
• read our blog, Taking an organisational approach to risk assessment, which can tackle the root cause of issues and help the whole team

08/04/2024

Our next courses:
Gravesend
April
First Aid at Work Requal 15th/16th
Emergency First Aid at Work 22nd
May
First Aid at Work Requal 13th/14th
Emergency First Aid at Work 20th
Bromley
April
Emergency First Aid at Work 24th
May
Emergency First Aid at Work 10th
Paediatric First Aid 21st/22nd

08/04/2024

From Health and Safety Executive:
Make sure you know your COSHH essentials
A variety of harmful substances are found in our working environments – knowing how to control these safely is key to safety and protection from harm.
If you work with hazardous substances, our Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) website can help you understand the actions you should take to stay healthy.
Download our free publication Working with substances hazardous to health: A brief guide to COSHH, which explains how to control exposure and comply with the Regulations.
Our COSHH Safe Handling Chemicals poster also provides crucial guidance on how to handle chemicals safely in your workplace, including Do’s and Don’ts and a useful hazardous signs check.

04/04/2024

From Health and Safety Executive:
Updates to first-aid at work guidance publications
First aid at work: Guidance on regulations (L74)
This publication sets out what you need to do to address first-aid provision in the workplace.
Guidance accompanying the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 has been updated to:
• emphasise employers’ responsibilities to take account of employees’ mental health in their first aid needs assessment
• change the term ‘catastrophic bleeding’ to ‘life-threatening bleeding’ with more guidance on what employers should do if they identify this as a risk in their workplace
• simplify guidance on first aid training providers
View: First aid at work: Guidance on regulations (L74)
Selecting a first aid training provider: A guide for employers (GEIS3)
This guidance leaflet helps you identify and select a competent training provider to deliver your first aid training needs.
It has been updated to:
• simplify guidance on first aid training providers

Kent First Aid Training Ltd - First Aid Courses, Kent 25/03/2024

Our first aid courses for April.
Gravesend
First Aid at Work Requalification 15th/16th
Emergency First Aid at Work 22nd
Bromley
Emergency First Aid at Work 24th
Please look at our website for further details and later course date,
or drop us an email and we can get you booked on.
www.kentfirstaidtraining.co.uk
[email protected]

Kent First Aid Training Ltd - First Aid Courses, Kent We conduct First Aid Training courses for large and small organisations in Kent, Essex and South London. Contact us today for details of a course near you

20/03/2024

From Health and Safety Executive:
Blog from CIPD: the pillars that support a mentally healthy workplace
Failing to manage stress at work can cost employers in reduced productivity, sickness absence, or even losing a valued member of the team.
The start of a new year is a time for many people to look at their careers and change jobs, meaning employers potentially lose experienced workers and have positions to fill.
In 2022-23, 875,000 people suffered from work-related ill health due to stress, depression or anxiety.
Failing to manage stress at work can cost employers in reduced productivity, sickness absence, or even losing a valued member of the team.
Employees leaving is not only a loss of valuable skills and experience but replacing them hits the bottom line as well, with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) estimating that the median cost of recruiting employees is £1,500 and senior managers is £3,000 (2022 Talent planning survey).
Read our blog from Rachel Suff at CIPD about how authentic and visible leadership, combined with strong management capability, are the pillars that support a mentally healthy workplace.

16/03/2024

From Health and Safety Executive:
First aid at work: the basics
Our 'basics for your business' webpages offer health and safety advice, whatever industry you work in.
The step-by-step guide on first aid at work explains how you must have the right arrangements, including:
• a first aid kit
• training workers
• first aid for homeworkers
• appointing first aiders
Other 'basics for your business' topics include:
• what information, training and supervision you need to provide to workers
• ensuring you have the right workplace facilities

06/03/2024

From Health and Safety Executive:
Guidance on working in cold and wintry weather
Make sure you protect workers during low temperatures and wintry conditions.
Our guidance offers advice on how to protect workers in low temperatures.
The guidance explains how you can assess the risks to workers and put controls in place to protect them.
Our workplace temperature checklist will help you carry out a basic risk assessment.
With low temperatures and less daylight, winter can make surfaces perilous. As a result, slip and trip accidents increase significantly. Take a look at our online guide to avoiding slips and trips in winter weather

29/02/2024

Future First Aid Courses
Gravesend
March
First Aid at Work 11th/12th/13th
Emergency First Aid at Work 14th
Bromley
March
Paediatric First Aid (12hour) 4th/5th
For prices and any further courses, please see our website

29/02/2024

Body Myths:
Myth: Only 10% Of The Brain Is Used
The myth that we only use 10% of our brains has captivated popular culture for decades. However, scientific research has debunked this misconception. Our brains are constantly active, with different regions performing various functions simultaneously, even when the body is asleep.
While it's true that we may not use every neuron at every moment, our brain's capacity is fully utilized. Understanding the complexity and vast potential of the human brain is fascinating and highlights the incredible abilities we possess as individuals. So next time you want to give your mind a break, meditate!

Kent First Aid Training Ltd - First Aid Courses, Kent 19/02/2024

Future First Aid Courses
Gravesend
March
First Aid at Work 11th/12th/13th
Emergency First Aid at Work 14th
Bromley
March
Paediatric First Aid (12hour) 4th/5th
For prices and any further courses, please see our website

Kent First Aid Training Ltd - First Aid Courses, Kent We conduct First Aid Training courses for large and small organisations in Kent, Essex and South London. Contact us today for details of a course near you

14/02/2024

Myth: Applying Oil to Burns Helps Them Heal Faster
Applying oil to burns has long been believed to promote healing, but do we question this theory enough? Scientific research suggests otherwise. Oils trap heat, worsening the damage and delaying recovery. Instead, cool running water on the burn for at least twenty minutes is recommended to lower the skin's temperature and reduce pain.
Covering the burn with a clean, non-stick bandage can protect against infection. Remember, it's best to stick to evidence-based methods for optimal healing and recovery regarding burns.

14/02/2024

From Health and Safety Executive:
Working safely with display screen equipment (DSE)
All employers must protect workers from the health risks of working with DSE.
Incorrect use of DSE, poorly designed workstations or work environments can lead to pain in the shoulders, neck, back, arms, wrists and hands, as well as fatigue and eye strain.
Our guidance covers a range of topics including:
• workstations and assessments
• work routine and breaks
• eyesight testing
There are also accessible resources including our downloadable DSE workstation checklist and practical tips on maintaining a good posture.
In addition, we have guidance on what employers and workers need to know about working with DSE from home. This includes a video with basic advice on how to maintain a good posture, both at home and in the office.

05/02/2024

Body Myths.
Myth: Defibrillators Can Restart The Heart
A doctor screams, "Clear!" and shocks an unconscious person with a defibrillator until they return to life. Seen this in too many movies and television shows, right? However, this machine cannot restart once the heart stops beating.
In reality, a defibrillator can only shock the heart to regain its normal rhythm after a cardiac arrest has caused the heart to beat irregularly. While defibrillators are life-saving devices, it is only a myth that they can restart a heart that has stopped beating.

05/02/2024

From Health and Safety Executive:
Noise at work – make sure you protect workers' hearing
Research on noise-induced hearing loss shows around a fifth of workers could be exposed to high noise levels while doing their job.
The issue of noise at work is the subject of a scientific report recently discussed by specialists in the field. A Workplace Health Expert Committee report says about 20% of the working population in Great Britain could be exposed to high noise levels (higher than 85 dBA).
While new cases of occupational deafness have dropped over the past decade, HSE is urging workplaces to consider the shout test to manage noise at work and ways to give workers’ ears a break.
HSE’s noise specialist Chris Steel said: 'If you are shouting at work and can’t be heard from 2 metres away, the chances are there’s a noise issue. Try it out for yourself and see if you can be heard.'

29/01/2024

From Health and Safety Executive.
Health and safety is vital for all seasonal and temporary workers
With many seasonal jobs being filled at this time of year, it is important that employers protect the health and safety of gig economy, agency and temporary workers.
Workers are as likely to have an accident in their first 6 months at work as during the whole of the rest of their working life.
We have further advice around protecting those who are new to the job, including 6 ways to protect new starters.
Our website has guidance to help users and suppliers of agency and temporary workers understand their health and safety responsibilities.
If you are an agency or temporary worker your health and safety is protected by law and employment businesses (agencies) have a duty to make sure they follow it.

24/01/2024

We are running the following courses.
Please contact us if you would like to attend
[email protected]
At Gravesend
Emergency First Aid at Work 8th February £129 per person
Emergency First Aid at Work 19th February £129 per person
First Aid at Work 11th-13th March £310 person
Emergency First Aid at Work 14 March£129 per person
For any further dates, please check out our website
www.kentfirstaidtraining.co.uk

24/01/2024

From Health and Safety Executive.
Keep safe at work as the winter months begin.
Wintry weather is arriving, which means slips and trips accidents are likely to become more frequent.
At this time of year surfaces can be perilous – there are plenty of seasonal factors to consider when avoiding these sorts of accidents.
Poor lighting, excess water from rain and even wet and decaying leaves can all cause slip and trip accidents to increase significantly.
Slips and trips cause over a third of all major injuries and can also lead to other types of accidents, such as falls from height or into machinery.
Our website guidance on slips and trips provides plenty of information and resources on how to avoid these accidents in and around the workplace.

18/12/2023

Myth: An Alarm Clock Is The Best Way to Wake Up
Don't you hate waking up with a jolt? And yet, the myth that using an alarm clock is a great way to wake up has been deeply ingrained in our society. It has become acceptable to start the day with a jarring sound of beeping or buzzing, which may cause high blood pressure!
There is a better way, though! Imagine waking up to the sun's gentle rays streaming through your window and gently coaxing you out of bed. It's time to bin the alarm clock myth and embrace a more natural and peaceful way to greet the morning.

18/12/2023

From Health and Safety Executive
Lights, camera, take action for World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day was marked on 10 October and has been celebrated for over 30 years. However, while awareness and acceptance of stress and mental health may be increasing, action – particularly prevention – is not.
This week, HSE’s Working Minds campaign calls for employers to take action to mark World Mental Health Day.
Stress, depression and anxiety are the number one cause of work-related ill health in Great Britain.
No matter the size or type of business, employers have a legal duty to ensure risks of stress and mental ill-health are considered in stress risk assessments and acted upon.
HSE has welcomed three new partners to its Working Minds campaign for the entertainment and leisure sector – an industry which by its very nature, is fast paced and changeable with many being self-employed, freelancers or contracted for set amounts of time.
Help is available
If you, or someone you know, needs help or support, reach out and ask how they are feeling and coping. We have guidance, resources and sources of support to help.
Sign up to support HSE’s Working Minds campaign to help drive positive change across Britain’s workplaces

08/12/2023

From Health and Safety Executive:
Everyone needs support at work
There is a collective responsibility to create workplaces where individuals are truly supported, valued and empowered.
HSE published non-statutory guidance, including a set of simple core principles, which will help employers create workplaces that are safe and supportive to enable disabled workers or workers with long-term health conditions to thrive.
Our Talking Toolkit will help employers and managers apply these core principles and includes questions you can use to start practical conversations with workers.
We encourage you to think about your workplace and really consider the support available to colleagues and workers.
You can also visit the Work Right for Everyone campaign website.

08/12/2023

From Health and Safety Executive:
Reporting accidents and illness at work
Make sure you submit a RIDDOR report for a workplace accident where necessary.
The RIDDOR Regulations put duties on employers, the self-employed and those in control of work premises to report certain serious workplace accidents, occupational diseases and specified dangerous occurrences.
Visit our website to find out when you need to report an incident, as well as how to do so.
Our leaflet Reporting accidents and incidents at work explains what is required from employers and provides information about RIDDOR

23/11/2023

Health and safety statistics 2023
Published on 22 November 2023, the latest statistics on work-related health and safety in Great Britain, including the following key annual figures (2022 to 2023):
• 1.8 million working people suffering from a work-related illness, of which
o 875,000 workers suffering work-related stress, depression or anxiety
o 473,000 workers suffering from a work-related musculoskeletal disorder
• 2,268 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2021)
• 135 workers killed in work-related accidents
• 561,000 working people sustained an injury at work according to the Labour Force Survey
• 60,645 injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR
• 35.2 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
• £20.7 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions (2021 to 2022)

13/11/2023

HSE Working Minds campaign launches new free online learning for employers
The key to preventing stress at work and supporting good mental health is making it part of routine working life and culture.
To help you do this a free interactive tool has been developed that brings the Working Minds campaign principles to life.
To help employers prevent stress and support good mental health, the Working Minds campaign promotes the principles of risk assessment, with a focus on 5 steps:
Reach out, recognise, respond, reflect, make it routine.
The new bitesize online learning is made up of 6 short modules that guide you step by step, with helpful tools and relatable, everyday scenarios along the way. There are games and quizzes peppered throughout to keep things interesting and it typically takes no more than an hour to complete.
You’ll come away with an understanding of what the law requires of employers and what you need to do to be compliant. We’ll share all the tools you need to get started in one place, and you can come back as many times as you like.
Learn something new, refresh your existing knowledge or share with others to spread the word and help drive change.
Register and get started today
The facts...
• since 2019, the total annual cost of poor mental health has increased by 25%, costing UK employers up to £56 billion a year
• over half of working days lost due to ill health are due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety
• 'stress, depression and anxiety’ is the number one reason for work-related illness in the UK and figures continue to rise
• whether you’re a small business or a large corporation, the law requires all employers to prevent work-related stress to support good mental health in the workplace. In practical terms, that means doing a risk assessment and acting on it
Find out more about the Working Minds campaign and how to support it.

06/11/2023

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