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First Aid Qualification Update – Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Training – 03/11/16

In June, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) announced the requirement for all workplace first-aiders to be trained in the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) from 31 December 2016. This is as a result of a change to the guidelines of the Resuscitation Council UK, which now state that when managing a casualty in need of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), a first-aider must request an AED.


To accommodate these changes and cover the use of an AED, our awarding body will be amending the qualification specification and practical assessment pack for the following qualifications:

  • Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (QCF)
  • Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF)

From 31 December 2016 Tees Safety Training will assess learners in the use of an AED. All learners will be trained and assessed on their ability to demonstrate the following skills:

  • place AED pads correctly
  • follow AED instructions

The 5 Steps to Fire Risk Assessment – 02/03/16

A short guide to making your premises safe from fire identifies 5 steps to fire risk assessment as follows:

  • Step 1 - Identify the fire hazards
    • Sources of heat/ignition 
    • Sources of fuel
    • Sources of oxygen
  • Step 2 - Identify those at risk
    • Those in and around the premises
    • Those who are especially at risk
  • Step 3 - Evaluate the risk; introduce controls
    • Evaluate the risk of fire starting
    • Evaluate the risk to people from fire
    • Remove fire hazards
    • Reduce fire hazards
    • Remove the riks to people from a fire
    • Reduce the risks to people from fire
    • Provide fire precautions to protect people
  • Step 4 - Record, plan, inform, instruct and train
    • Record any major findings and action you have taken 
    • Discuss and work with responsible people
    • Ensure an emergency plan is prepared
    • Inform relevant people
    • Provide adequate and suitable training
  • Step 5 – Review
    • review regularly
    • make changes if required

Does Your Organisation Really Need a Fire Marshal? – 09/02/16

Very probably yes! How many?

A good question, and the answer is largely depending on size of building, number of staff and so on. Looking at the duties and responsibilities, it may be fine for one person to deal with all of it in a small office space. However, in a multi room or multi floored building with tens (or hundreds) of staff, it’s clearly too much responsibility for one person.

Is Fire Safety Really an Issue?

Unfortunately, yes. For organisations and businesses, the truth is that fires do happen and the risk is significant enough to do something about it. In addition:

  • Fires can very easily kill or injure employees and visitors
  • Fires cause extreme damage and often destruction to buildings, equipment and stock
  • Many organisations fail to continue trading following a severe fire

A Fire Marshal is also responsible for performing fire drills and ensuring the safe evacuation of the staff in the event of a fire.

Added to the actual list of responsibilities, consideration is needed for staff going on training, staff going on holiday or staff being off sick. In those situations, having at least one other marshal in place would make sense.

If you’ve any specific questions about our Fire Marshal training, or why having a fire marshal is so important, just get in touch and we’ll talk to you about it.

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