Well, we’re nearly at the end of another year, and what a quick year 2015 has been.
Since launching our training centre at Hamilton in May, we’ve met hundreds of interesting delegates and clients. Plenty of people have filed through our doors and successfully completed their First Aid training.
We’ve taken pleasure in knowing that, not only are Lanarkshire’s employers keen to have their staff trained to the highest standards, but there are more people now with the skills to potentially save a life than there was before.
However, there’s much work yet to be done.
When we compare the amount of people, whom are fully trained in First Aid techniques, in countries such as Norway (95%), to those in the UK (5%), it becomes clear there’s a direct correlation between this and out of hospital sudden cardiac arrest survival rates – Norway 50% chance of survival, UK 10% chance of survival.
We feel government could play a much bigger role in addressing these statistics. So we were left very disappointed when a recent proposal to teach First Aid to all secondary school pupils was ‘talked-out’ of parliament, meaning, MPs spoke for so long on the subject, there was no time left to actually vote on it!
Such “filibustering” techniques, as they’re known, on a subject as important as First Aid, really isn’t good enough, especially when looking to reduce the 75,000 adults who die each year in the UK from SCA.
Anyway, we’re sure the subject will be visited again in due course, and hopefully there won’t be as many MPs “playing politics” with people’s lives as there was this time around….
In the meantime, we’ll continue to promote good First Aid practice for the workplace and at home, we’ll help to remove stigma associated with various conditions, and hopefully we’ll continue to make First Aid a skill people want to learn, rather than having to learn.
We’re looking forward to launching a range of new training courses in the New Year, which will complement our First Aid courses, and will assist employers in achieving, and maintaining, the best Health & Safety standards available.
These new courses will include, at regulated level;
* Level 1 Award in Health and Safety
* Level 2 Award in Health and Safety
* Level 1 Award in Fire Safety Awareness
* Level 2 Award in Fire Risk Assessment
* Level 2 Award in Fire Safety Principles
* Level 2 Award in Risk Assessment
* Level 2 Award in COSHH Risk Assessment
* Level 2 Award in Manual Handling Risk Assessment
* Level 2 Award in Safer Moving and Handling
We’re sure there’s at least one course there for everyone’s requirements, and we’re confident we can quickly become the preferred Health & Safety training provider for many firms in 2016 and beyond.
Our office will remain open until 17:00 on the 23rd of December, and will be open again after the festivities on the 5th of January.
May we take this opportunity to wish all our clients, customers, suppliers and delegates a very Merry Christmas, and a happy and prosperous New Year.