Education - Fire/First Aid Advice 

First Aid for Schools 

“The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. These Regulations apply to all workplaces including those with less than five employees and to the self-employed.” What is deemed ‘adequate and appropriate’ will depend on individual circumstances.  It is recommended by the health & safety commission (HSC) that schools consider the needs and risks to staff, students and visitors and make adequate arrangements within their first aid provision.  This includes students and staff who are out on school outings. 

To accurately identify risks that should be considered, a First Aid Needs Assessment may be completed.  This should take account for the number of people with health conditions, such as asthma, allergies, heart problems, diabetes and so on.  Training staff on standard first aid courses may not meet all of your needs.  If you have specific needs that need addressing that have not been covered in the training you have had previously please speak to us and we will let you know the easiest and most cost-effective way to address this.

For more information and guidance please download the Department for Education and Employment – Guidance on First Aid for Schools.

First Aid Training

We offer a range of first aid training to schools and when we deliver a course on your premises to groups, we can often adapt the content to meet with the specific needs of the school.

For our open and in-company/group courses please click here or contact us on 0161 359 3405 to discuss your requirements in more detail.

Defibrillator

Many schools and public places have taken the decision to purchase a defibrillator.  Although it is not a legal requirement, this should be considered if anyone in the school has a heart condition.

Less than 1 in 5 victims of cardiac arrest survive after being taken to hospital.  This figure is reduced by up to 50% when a defibrillator and CPR is used before the emergency services arrive.  If you have a defibrillator onsite, you must provide adequate training for staff on how to use this equipment safely.  The good news is that our 1 and 3 day courses include the use of defibrillators.  Alternatively, we can provide specific training on defibrillators if preferred. For more information please contact us on 0161 359 3405 or email us at info@theskillsco.ac.uk

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Fire Safety

Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) states "if you are the responsible person you must carry out a fire risk assessment which must focus on the safety in case of fire of all ‘relevant persons’. It should pay particular attention to those at special risk, such as disabled people, those who you know have special needs, and children, and must include consideration of any dangerous substance liable to be on the premises". 

If your organisation employs five or more people, your premises are licensed or an alterations notice is in force, you must record the significant findings of the assessment. It is good practice to record your significant findings in any case. 

If you need help with Fire Risk Assessments or it needs to be reviewed we can offer Fire Risk Assessment Training but also Fire Risk Assessment consultancy.  Click here for our course or contact us to arrange a no-obligation quote for the Fire Risk Assessment Service. 0161 359 3405

Fire Safety in Schools

Schools must complete a fire risk assessment to identify the risks and the necessary precautions to be taken in order to protect their occupants.

Fire risk assessments should be kept up to date and fire precautions should also be up to date and adequate.  If any significant changes are made to a school’s premises risk assessments and precautions should be reviewed.

All schools must:

  • ensure procedures are in place to reduce the likelihood of fire
  • maintain fire detection and alarm systems
  • ensure staff and pupils are familiar with emergency evacuation procedures

Guidance for educational premises on fire safety, fire risk assessment and fire precautions can be downloaded from the Government website here. 

The guidance sets out your responsibilities and how to meet them.  Some of the key responsibilities outlined are as follows: 

  • You must appoint one or more competent persons
  • You must provide your employees with clear and relevant information on the risks to them identified by the fire risk assessment, about the measures you have taken to prevent fires.
  • You must inform non-employees, such as students and temporary or contract workers, of the relevant risks to them, and provide them with information about who are the nominated competent persons, and about the fire safety procedures for the premises.
  • You must establish a suitable means of contacting the emergency services and provide them with any relevant information about dangerous substances.
  • You must provide appropriate information, instruction and training to your employees, during their normal working hours, about the fire precautions in your workplace, when they start working for you, and from time to time throughout the period they work for you.  
  • You must ensure that the premises and any equipment provided in connection with firefighting, fire detection and warning, or emergency routes and exits are covered by a suitable system of maintenance, and are maintained by a competent person in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair

To provide thorough training for your fire marshals or to provide general fire awareness for a group of staff please click here