30th September 2013
The time has finally come when the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) have finally stopped approving courses. After a lot of negotiation and letters to MP's the wording has finally been agreed as to not favor any particular method of approval.
Basically there are a number of options available,
1. self monitoring leaving it up to individual training providers to prove standards.
2. QCA/ QCF route where training providers pay the awarding body for approval and certificates.
3. Industry body monitoring and approval.
I have decided to go down route 3 which will improve on the standards of monitoring that the HSE used.
That way I can continue to issue certificates on the day of the course (Payment pending of course!)
Time will tell what the standards of First Aid training will become but rest assured Turtle Safety Training will continue to provide training at the highest standards.
15th May 2013
There has been a lot of speculation recently of what will happen when the HSE finally give up the accreditation scheme, having seen the draft copy of the new Health & Safety (First Aid) Regulations it will be up to the employers to ensure the quality of the training.
13th July 2012
There is a lot of speculation of what is happening with the removal of HSE approval in First Aid training. So at Turtle Safety Training we have decided to let you know where we stand in the subject.
We currently have our own HSE approval (101/07) and will renew in October when it is due. The HSE approval system when removed means that we will no longer be able to promote this. but this is what the HSE have to say about this
As a training provider, will I have to gain approval through other awarding bodies once the first aid regulations are amended?
That is entirely a decision for training providers and not for HSE to make any recommendations. There will be no legal requirement to seek approval elsewhere once the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 are amended to remove HSE approval.
Turtle Safety Training have already signed up to the First Aid Industry Body that will be following the current HSE approval system but with more checks!
Because of this we can commit to the quality of the training that we provide as it will monitored in much the same way.
other questions that employers may have.
What does the recommendation mean?
HSE will no longer approve training providers and qualifications although it will continue to manage the standard for first aid by which all courses should be set.
For providers, this will mean that they no longer have to seek HSE approval, removing the costs associated with gaining this approval.
For employers, the recommendation will allow them greater flexibility in choosing first aid training, suitable for their workplaces and the risks there-in.
For those who are self employed, there will no longer be the statutory requirement to provide equipment to render first aid to themselves if injured at work.
This means Turtle Safety Training will still be able to offer the Emergency and full First Aid at Work courses (EFAW & FAW) but can also provide bespoke courses to companies that represent the risks associated with their individual needs following the guidelines required by the HSE and will use current guidelines from Resuscitation council (UK) guidelines
Higlighted areas are taken directly from the HSE website and can be seen Here
a copy of the current Health & Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 can be downloaded here
If you would like more information on the First Aid Industry Body that we have signed up to you can email Ian Kershaw
21st March 2012
We have now added Automatic External Defibrillation courses to our portfolio at just £30 per person which is including VAT which gives the training £75 cheaper than StJohns!!!! Just more proof that you don't have to shell out much for quality training.
Last week the harrowing incident where Fabrice Muamba collapsed and needed resuscitation on the pitch at White Heart Lane and a defibrillator was used on numerous occasions just shows how important these pieces of equipment are!
Are there any close to you?
You may be surprised! They are poping up all over the place. They are now in train stations, airports and shopping centres too.
I know for a fact (as I have personally seen them) that there are some in Stockport, Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria train stations!
Would you know how to use one? and just think if a member of your family collapsed would you want someone to help them? If so don't you think you should be prepared to help others?
6th March 2012
It is with great regret that we can no longer offer the First Aid insurance with our HSE approved courses, the reason for this is that the company that has supplied it has now discontinued doing it. Those that have already taken up the insurance will still be covered but it will stop becoming effective when the policy expires.
Although we now no longer provide the insurance please do not be discouraged by the fact that you will not be insured not to use your first aid skills if in the situation it is highly doubtful that anyone will sue you for trying to save their life!!
Nobody has ever been prosecuted by the CPS in the UK as a result of the miss-application of First Aid, not least perhaps because there is no law on statute that refers to the topic. The golden rule here is that, providing you act within the realms of your training and the realms of your experience then you will be absolutely fine. That is to say do not attempt to insert pens into airways, needles into chest walls or any other procedure you may have witnessed on TV!
Act reasonably and within the realms of your training and experience.We are also now proud members of the Federation of First Aid Training Organisations a group striving to grow the standards of First Aid training in the UK.
Changes are going to happen and as an HSE approved company this affects us greatly, watch this space for further details.
13th Febuaray 2011: Friday 13th
Yes It is unlucky today, well for us anyway!
Due to the economic downturn we have re structured our prices
Now we have lower prices that in comparison to StJohn's Ambulance is between 40-50% cheaper!!
Course Our Price StJ Price
EFAW £65 £129.60
FAW £175 £312.00
FAW (Requal) £110 £222.00
We also have a new block booking restructure that can save you even more!
Book online: You can also book our open courses on line through hot courses.
a link is here:
We are also running open courses in Sheffield that will be on that site soon so look out for that.
1st November 2011: New website launched
to coincide with the companies official change of name. Hope that you like.
7th November 2011
Special offer for customers up until 16th December Turtle Safety Training is offering a 33% discount to all customers that book a course which extends to 40% it the course is delivered before that date.
(Subject to availability-terms & conditions apply)
Tell a friend about this offer.