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 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.
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…
Claire Dalton, business owner and training manager, has recently achieved chartered status as a Health and Safety professional and is now a Chartered Member of IOSH. (Institute of Occupational Health and Safety). The status is awarded to its members as recognition of their knowledge, qualifications and experience in the world of Occupational Health and Safety practice. Claire is extremely proud to have achieved this just 4 years after completing the foundation level NEBOSH General Certificate, and would like to acknowledge and thank all of Live for Work’s regular clients in helping her to achieve this status; without them none of this would have been possible.
What is an Automated External Defibrilator (AED) ?
For those amongst us who have not heard of an AED, it is a small portable device used to treat casualties who are in Cardiac Arrest. Cardiac Arrest is a condition when the heart suddenly stops beating, this in turn stops the blood flow to the brain and other vital organs. When a casualty is in Cardiac Arrest they will be experiencing a rapid, irregular heartbeat known as Ventricular Fibrillation (V-Fib). When this occurs an AED is needed to administer an electric shock in an attempt to restore a normal heart rhythm. For every minute that passes without the heart being restored into its normal rhythm there is a 10% reduction in the survival rate of the casualty so having quick access to an AED and the knowledge of how to use it is really very important. An AED really can save a person’s life.
The HSE have recently announced that training in how to use of an AED in First Aid should now be included on all workplace first aid courses. This addition to standard first aid training is in line with the Resuscitation Council (UK) opinion that using an AED now forms a standard part of basic life support. This training will be introduced over the next 6 months and all First Aid training providers will be required to deliver AED training as standard by December 2016.
Annually over 600,000 workers sustain injuries following workplace accidents. Statistics also show that HSE prosecutions of directors and individuals following serious workplace incidents are on the increase. Data taken from the HSE in 2013-14 indicates that they also have a successful conviction rate in their prosecutions of 94%.
From early 2016 there will be new sentencing guidelines in force which could prove to be extremely costly for businesses as they will now take into account the offence, the circumstances of the offence and also the turnover of the offender to decide on the appropriates sentence and fines. The fines imposed under the new guidelines will be substantially higher than they are currently and will be directly linked to the company turnover. This could result in large companies with a high turnover receiving extremely large financial penalties. The new guidelines also propose a starting point of 26 weeks custodial sentence for individuals who are convicted of negligent conduct in the highest category of harm cases such as death or catastrophic injury and these will no longer be given suspended prison sentences. Courts will also be encouraged to adjust starting points for fines if there are any aggravating factors involved such as cost cutting at the expense of health and safety. Individuals within a company with or without managerial responsibilities will also now be personally liable and will be subject to financial penalties and imprisonment if they are convicted of a HSE offence.
It has never been more important for you as an employer to protect yourself, your company and your employees against accidents and injuries in the workplace. We cannot stress enough how essential it is to ensure that your staff are fully trained and informed of their roles and responsibilities in keeping the workplace safe. Our accredited IOSH Managing Safely course is designed for Managers and Supervisors and will ensure they are fully up to speed on the practical actions that they need to take to handle Health and Safety within their teams, assess and control risks and identify hazards. It will give them the knowledge and tools they need to tackle health and safety issues that they are responsible for. Most importantly it will bring home to them just why health and safety is such an essential part of their job role. We also offer a one day Working Safely course for people at any level, in any sector who need to understand the essentials of health and safety.
Act now, take the time to have the conversation with your teams and identify the people who require training and ensure that you take the necessary steps to ensure that your company and your staff are fully prepared.