New legislation to allow Adrenaline Auto Injectors (Epi-Pens) to be stored by schools without the need for a prescription

Following extensive campaigning by the Anaphylaxis Campaign and other leading organisations, new legislation will come into effect on 1st October 2017 to allow schools, preschools and nurseries to obtain generic Epi-Pens  without a prescription, for emergency use on children who are at risk of anaphylaxis but whose own device is not available or not working. The new legislation represents a significant adjustment in the management of children who suffer from severe allergic reactions and it will provide great reassurance  to parents, school staff and carers across the UK.  Whilst it is not mandatory for schools to hold generic Epi-Pens, those who choose to do so should establish  a sufficient policy or protocol for their use in line with statutory guidance and ensure that staff have been adequately trained to operate the devices in  an emergency.
With 17% of fatal allergic reactions in school-aged children happening while at school, it is extremely good news that Epi-Pens are now set to have a permanent place within schools across the UK! If you wish to find out more about ‘Generic Pens in Schools’  visit the Anaphylaxis Campaign website

Claire takes one for the team…….

Claire has taken on the unenviable challenge of completing  the “Tough Mudder” event that will take place on the 9th September 2017.   Billed as “probably the toughest event on the planet”,  Tough Mudder is a 12 mile mud and obstacle course designed to test physical strength, stamina, and mental grit.  It definitely is not an event for the faint hearted!!

Claire has registered for the event to raise much needed funds for St Luke’s Hospice.  Live for Work are fortunate enough to train the Hospice staff in First Aid and we see first hand what an amazing group of staff they are and what great work they do.

Go Claire Go !!

 

Decreased Sugar in Lucozade will affect the treatment of hypo-glycemia

Current guidelines advise that first aiders should aim to give 15-20g of glucose for the treatment of low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia).  However, it has been announced that Lucozade Energy will be lowering the sugar content in all of their flavoured drinks by more than 50% from April 2017, meaning that 20g of glucose will no longer to be the equivalent of 150ml of Lucozade Original.

From April 2017 any first aider who gives Lucozade should do so as follows : For adults, give 200ml of either Lucozade, Lemonade, Cola or pure fruit juice. 200ml of any of these drinks should contain between 15g – 20g of glucose.  For hypoglycaemic children, this amount should be 115ml.

It is likely that both the new and old bottles of Lucozade will be available to the public in the upcoming months. In addition, the reason for the change is the introduction of the 2018 sugar tax in the UK, so it is likely that other fizzy drinks will also see a reduction in their sugar content in the near future. It is therefore recommended that first aiders always check the labels of any Lucozade products and other fizzy drinks they are giving.

 

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new “Leading Safely” IOSH accreditted course

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new “Leading Safely” IOSH accredited course. This one day course is aimed at people with leadership responsibilities – Senior Managers, Directors, Heads of Departments/Head Teachers, Executives, Board Members, Business Owners, Chief Executives and Trustees.

Bronwen MacArthur-Williams, Head of Corporate Health and Safety at Cheshire East Council says:

Cheshire East Council will be offering the IOSH Leading Safely Course to its employees and associated organisations as essential learning to re-inforce the value of great health and safety management by senior leaders’.

We offer this training on in-house basis and will also be announcing the date of an open course in the Northwich area shortly. If you are interested in attending but do not have enough employees to book an in-house course please get in touch with us to register your interest.

On your marks……

Claire Dalton, business owner and training manager, has recently been accepted as a NEBOSH General Certificate assessor, and is looking forward to receiving the first batch of papers from both UK and International Students!
The NEBOSH General certificate is the most popular (and possibly most useful) qualification for anyone that wishes to progress into a career of Health and Safety, culminating in a theory and practical assessment; it is a foundation level qualification, with around 30,000 entrants per year. Hopefully she won’t have to mark anywhere near that many though…