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EFAW Book update

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Slight change to your recent book if you attended a Emergency First Aid at Work(EFAW) course with me in the last 12 months

AED Data Collection

The Resuscitation Council (UK) no longer supplies or collects the AED event form that has been in use. Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest remains an important priority for the Resuscitation Council (UK) and it has established a national out-of-hospital database with the British Heart Foundation and Association of Ambulance Medical Directors, in partnership with the University of Warwick. This audit also captures the events where a public access AED has been used before the arrival of the ambulance crew via a reusable and easily accessible new online event form. To that end, there is a requirement to reflect this information within the suite of Highfield First Aid books.

The required changes are below.

Page 9

The book states the following:

‘In cases where a defibrillator has been used, regardless of whether shocks were given or not, then the Event Report Form (ERF) requires completing in full and the white copy to be sent to the Resuscitation Council (UK) as soon as possible. The address of which can be found at the bottom of the form.’

This paragraph requires removing and the following inserted:

‘In cases where a public access AED has been used, dependent on local authority policies, there may be a requirement to report the event using a prescribed audit reporting chain’


Thank you



British Standard First Aid Kit

Child First Aid

Here is the law as revised recently in relation to First Aid Kits.

Health & Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 (revised 2013).

“An employer shall provide or ensure that there are provided such equipment and facilities as are adequate and appropriate in the circumstances for enabling first aid to be rendered to his employees if they are injured or become ill at work.”

You have a choice when it comes to kits. You can buy an expensive kit to BS8599 standards or you can have a kit that meets the minimum that the HSE recommend. It is your choice.

Your kits must be based on your ‘First Aid Needs Assessment’

How to make sure you meet the new BS8599-1 Standard…

  1.  Undertake a First Aid needs assessment:

LOW RISK (e.g. shops, offices, libraries etc.)

HIGH RISK (e.g. light engineering and assembly work, food processing, warehousing, extensive work with dangerous machinery or sharp instruments, construction, chemical manufacture etc).


  1.  Based on risk, choose the appropriate British Standard First Aid Kit:


LOW RISK   Less than 25 employees

HIGH RISK   Less than 5 employees


LOW RISK   25-100 employees

HIGH RISK   5-25 employees


LOW RISK     1 Large Kit per 100 employees

HIGH RISK     1 Large Kit per 25 employees

Remember Its your choice on the type of kit.

What does the HSE say?

“Employers may wish to refer to British Standard BS8599 which provides further information on the contents of workplace first aid kits. Whether using a first aid kit complying to BS8599 or an alternative kit, the contents should reflect the outcome of a first aid needs assessment”

Hope this helps


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Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions

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Every course I get emails asking for a template for the Health Care Plan.

These attachments are the templates for the Health Care plan you need for children in your care.

Every child with a special health care need or serious health condition should have one of these completed.



Supporting_pupils_with_medical_conditions_-_templates  Copy and paste into google search this will take you to the .Gov site to be able to download the word documents.

Supporting_pupils_with_medical_conditions_-_templates These are the word documents you need.

Or email me and I will forward the word files to you.

The website address with the word document templates is:

Copy and paste this link into your web browser.

As usual any problems let me know.





First Aid Box Contents Update 1st October 2013


Child First Aid

Below is the latest update as of the 1st October 2013 from the HSE in regard to first aid box contents. There is another update on the contents of a travel first aid kit.

Remember the contents are dependent on the completion of the first aid needs assessment tool available earlier in my website. ALL business / workplaces in the UK have to complete a first aid needs assessment relevant to their workplace. Where shared occupancy of a building takes place a signed agreement needs to produced by all parties concerned as to the first aid needs for that room or building.

1 There is no mandatory list of items to be included in a first-aid container. The decision on what to provide will be influenced by the findings of the first-aid needs assessment. As a guide, where work activities involve low hazards, a minimum stock of first-aid items might be:

  • a leaflet giving general guidance on first aid (for example, HSE’s leaflet Basic advice on first aid at work;
  • 20 individually wrapped sterile plasters (assorted sizes), appropriate to the type of work (hypoallergenic plasters can be provided if necessary);
  • two sterile eye pads;
  • two individually wrapped triangular bandages, preferably sterile;
  • six safety pins;
  • two large sterile individually wrapped unmedicated wound dressings;
  • six medium-sized sterile individually wrapped unmedicated wound dressings;
  • at least three pairs of disposable gloves (see HSE’s leaflet Latex and you6).

2 Employers may wish to refer to British Standard BS 8599 which provides further information on the contents of workplace first-aid kits. Whether using a first- aid kit complying with BS 8599 or an alternative kit, the contents should reflect the outcome of the first-aid needs assessment.


The link is: Page 32 of FAWguide14


The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981. Guidance on Regulations update 2013.

This is available as a free download from



New Forehead Thermometer for kids temps

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Great new product available from larger Tesco stores for just less than £20.00. Great way to get the temperature of a child with out touching them. Just scan the forehead and the machine reads the temperature and stores it. When you have finished it will then enter into standby mode and will read the room temperature. Simple to use but great when a child is sleeping due to illness. The more information you can give the GP, Emergency Department staff or ambulance service the better the treatment.

We have been using this now for two weeks and have found it works brilliantly, Child safe battery compartment but watch the clear plastic head cover it is the right size for children’s mouths so could be a choking problem if left unsupervised.

This is a really great product and is working well for us at the moment.




New Guidance for Schools and Nurseries



Infection Control.

I have attached the latest guidance for schools, nurseries and childcare centres in the UK in relation to infectious diseases produced by the Health Protection agency (

the link to the poster and document is:


This document really should be made available for all staff to access.

We have a number of infections in childcare at the moment and this should help to reduce the effects.