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Health and Safety Statistics 2014/15 Released

9 November 2015 in Health & Safety, Instructor

HSEHealth & Safety statistics are now released by the HSE to show the latest Health & Safety statistics and the full details are available from their website.  The basic data is as follows.

Ill health

1.2 million people who worked during the last year were suffering from an illness they believed was caused or made worse by their work, of which 0.5 million were new conditions that started during the year.

A further 0.8 million former workers (who last worked over 12 months ago) were suffering from an illness which was caused or made worse by their past work.

2,538 people died from mesothelioma in 2013 and thousands more from other work-related cancers and diseases such as COPD.


142 workers were killed at work, a rate of 0.46 fatalities per 100,000 workers.

76,000 other injuries to employees were reported under RIDDOR, a rate of 293 per 100,000 employees.

611,000 injuries occurred at work according to the Labour Force Survey, of which 152,000 led to over-7-days absence, with rates of 2,030 and 500 per 100,000 workers respectively.

Workplace risks

‘Dealing with difficult customers, patients, pupils etc.’ and ‘lifting or moving people or heavy loads’ were the two most common self- reported risk factors in the workplace, in a 2014 survey of workplaces.

Working days lost
27.3 million days were lost due to work-related ill health or injury

(15 days per case).
23.3 million days were lost due to work-related ill health and

4.1 million due to workplace injury.

Economic costs to Britain

Injuries and new cases of ill health resulting largely from current working conditions cost society an estimated £14.3 billion in 2013/14 (based on 2013 prices).


586 cases were prosecuted by HSE in England and Wales.
70 cases were prosecuted by Local authorities in England and Wales. 72 cases were prosecuted by the Procurator Fiscal in Scotland. 12,430 enforcement notices were issued by all enforcing authorities.

More information can be found on the HSE website

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FAW Requalification Dates After Expiry for QCF Courses

15 October 2013 in Classroom Training, First Aid, Instructor, QCF

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailWe now have clarification regarding the dates relating to the Requalification course for First Aid at Work. Students can only be accepted on a 2 day QCF requalification course that is completed within 1 calendar month of the expiry of their current FAW certificate.  If they cannot start and finish the course within the calendar month or if their current certificate falls outside of this timescale they must complete the 3 Day FAW course.

You must take a copy of all current FAW certificates for all students on a requalification course and upload them to the class on your dashboard (as before).
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All New ProTrainings EFAW and FAW Paperwork and Notes on the Instructor Dashboard

3 October 2013 in Classroom Training, Featured Articles, First Aid, Instructor, QCF

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailAll the material and notes you need are now on the ProTrainings instructor dashboard to deliver our non QCF FAW and EFAW courses.  You can download guidance notes and all the new forms but make sure you download the latest versions to keep up to date.  If you have any questions please contact us. Login at 

HSE Changes 1st October

2 October 2013 in Classroom Training, Featured Articles, First Aid, Instructor, QCF

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailAt  midnight last night the HSE ceased to directly approve the provision of First Aid Training for the Workplace.  This places the responsibility for selecting a first aid training provider on the employer, the HSE have created a guide for employers to follow.

All ProTrainings registered instructors now have the option to offer their customers or employees the fully accredited QCF qualification for Emergency First Aid at Work or First Aid at Work Courses (subject to completing our QCF Application and receiving approval) or The ProTrainings (Trade Organisation) certificates.

Employers who select an Ofqual Regulated QCF accredited course do not have to prove due diligence by completing a checklist to satisfy themselves of the competency of that organisation for this reason we recommend that all active trainers register with us as a QCF centre if they haven’t done so already to ensure that they can meet the needs of all of their potential customers. Read the rest of this entry →

Risk Assessment Online Course live

30 August 2013 in Instructor, Online Training, QCF

RiskWe have added a video online course in Risk Assessment that you can sell on to your customers and add to your websites to earn on commissions.  The course can be used as a 100% online course or blended QCF.  If you need any help added online courses to your websites then contact us and we will explain how you can add this useful income source to your business.  You can find the Risk Assessment course at

New Lone Worker video online training launched

25 June 2013 in Health & Safety, Instructor, Online Training

New Lone Worker video online training launched at Working alone is not in itself against the law, and it will often be safe to do so, however the law requires employers and others to think about and deal with any health and safety risks and or hazards of the work before people should be allowed to work alone. Employers have responsibility for the health, safety and welfare at work of all of their employees. They are also responsible for the health and safety of those affected by work activities, for example any self-employed people they engage and visitors such as contractors.

Lone worker training ensures that lone workers have knowledge to keep safe at work and employers understand their responsibilities.

Updates to QCF classroom management on ProTrainings instructor dashboard

26 February 2013 in Classroom Training, Fire Safety, First Aid, Health & Safety, Instructor, QCF

We have added it so that the registration forms are automatically generated with any student already registered on a QCF class and we are adding all the required forms in one place to make paperwork much easier.  It is very important with all courses especially QCF to ensure that all the paperwork is correctly completed and filed so you can also upload all paperwork against each class for QCF, HSE and standard ProTrainings courses.  There are lots of other updates to improve management and sales which we will be publishing soon and at the training days this week in Birmingham and Colchester.

HSE postpone implementing changes relating to First Aid at Work – New date 1st October

20 February 2013 in First Aid, Instructor, QCF

We have received notice from the HSE today to say that they have requested further time to consider the proposals and subject to parliamentary approval the proposed changes will come into force in October 2013.

Therefore training providers can continue to offer HSE Approved EFAW, FAW and FAW requalification courses or if they prefer and have been approved they can offer the QCF equivalent qualifications for these courses.

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QCF FAW and HSE Proposed Changes

6 November 2012 in Classroom Training, Featured Articles, First Aid, Health & Safety, Instructor, Online Training

The First Aid at Work qualification will be available as a QCF level 3 course from January 2013, ProTrainings will be able to offer this qualification alongside the HSE Approved 3 Day First Aid at Work Course, which will continue until the HSE no longer approve first aid training which will happen in April 2013 at the earliest.

This new course is not the only option that will be available to employers and employees after the HSE changes, trackable, credible CPD certified certificates from large training organisations such as ProTrainings will be perfectly acceptable according to the Health and Safety Executive.

The QCF Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) course has been available since the onset of the EFAW a few years ago and the FAW is the next development to the QCF qualifications.

Employers will not all want or need a QCF certificate, at ProTrainings we are giving you the choice, the QCF and non QCF course materials and course delivery will be identical and our instructor dashboard will soon be amended to comply with the rules of QCF, however delivering QCF level courses requires all trainers to have PTLLS as a minimum under the Ofqual regulations and there are registration requirements, additional checks and centre management. If you would like to register to deliver QCF courses through us, please let us know.

If you want to deliver the QCF courses and do not have PTLLS or a recognised Train the Trainer qualification, ITG provide PTLLS courses online with 1 day in the classroom or as intensive 4 day courses, for more information please call Liz on 01206 580464.

Please note that until the HSE changes take place the Emergency First aid at Work, 3 Day First Aid at Work and 2 Day re-qualification courses will remain HSE approved and can be delivered and certified through ProTrainings as before.  We will notify you when the changes do take place.

If you need more information, please contact us on or call 01206 585068.

HSE Removal of Direct Approval

4 May 2012 in Classroom Training, First Aid, Instructor

There is a lot of information being sent out in relation to the HSE and First Aid at Work.  We have been aware for sometime of the HSE’s intention to cease monitoring and approving First Aid at Work related courses (FAW and EFAW). We have not to date sent out information regarding this matter because nothing has been decided and no formal decisions or information has been sent out to us as an HSE centre by the HSE. Read the rest of this entry →

RIDDOR’s over-three-day injury reporting requirement has changed (and updated PowerPoints)

6 April 2012 in Classroom Training, Featured Articles, Fire Safety, First Aid, Health & Safety, Instructor, Online Training

As of 6 April 2012, RIDDOR’s over-three-day injury reporting requirement has changed. The trigger point has increased from over three days’ to over seven days’ incapacitation (not counting the day on which the accident happened).

Incapacitation means that the worker is absent or is unable to do work that they would reasonably be expected to do as part of their normal work.

Employers and others with responsibilities under RIDDOR must still keep a record of all over-three day-injuries – if the employer has to keep an accident book, then this record will be enough.

The deadline by which the over-seven-day injury must be reported has also increased to fifteen days from the day of the accident.  New leaflet available at and updated PowerPoints on the dashboard.

Useful documents section added

29 October 2011 in Classroom Training, Equipment, First Aid, Health & Safety, Online Training

We have added a section on the dashboard where you can download useful documents and leaflets on first aid and the law.

New BSi HSE first aid kits information, updated PowerPoint and they are now in our online shop

28 September 2011 in Featured Articles

We have added the new BSi HSE first aid kits to our shop and have amended the EFAW, Annual Refresher FAW and FAW PowerPoints shortly to reflect this which are available from your instructor dashboard. These kits are now available on our online shop, click here  They are available in 4 sizes, small, medium, large and travel size.

When will the new BSi standard come into force?

BSi kits are effective from 30th June 2011, with a transitional introduction period until 31st December 2011.

The old standard

This standard replaces the BHTA-HSE kits 10, 20 and 50, that are currently universally used
in the UK, and are based on the HSE guidelines. The Current BHTA standard was published
in 1997, and is long overdue a review. The BHTA standard will be withdrawn from 31st December 2011.

What the law says

The Health and Safety (First Aid) regulations 1981 states:

“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 the are injured or become ill at work”

The new BSi first aid kits are now the only safe and clear way for an employer to meet their obligations…

The HSE position

The Health and Safety Executive have been closely involved in the creation of this standard,
being members of the BSi standards committee. The current guidelines contained in
document L74 from the HSE are met and exceeded by the new BSi standard.

Why did we need a new standard?

Despite many EU states having a national standard for workplace first aid kits, until now,
the UK did not. The BHTA guidelines, established in 1997 were in need of revision because
training protocols have changed, there are heightened concerns with infection control, and
new technology is now available at affordable prices.

There were only one pair of gloves in a 10 person kit – yet 33 dressings.
There were 4 triangular bandages – even though the training protocols no longer indicate
their use for immobilisation of lower limb fractures.
Burns gel dressings are extensively used in first aid – now very available and affordable.

The new kits have good quantities of plasters and wipes, a common criticism of the old ones.

New Contents Explained

GLOVES – More quantity reflecting the need, and Nitrile type in line with NHS and St. John Ambulance guidelines. Plasters Sensible quantities, reflecting consumer demand.

WIPES – Increased quantities, reflecting consumer demand. New specification is sterile and now must meet the European CE marking rules.

MEDIUM AND LARGE DRESSINGS – Fewer quantities, reflecting consumer demand.

TRIANGULAR BANDAGES – Quantities are reduced reflecting the change in training first aid protocol, where immobilisation of lower limbs using triangular bandages is no longer indicated.

FINGER DRESSINGS – A smaller finger dressing is introduced specifically for finger injuries that are too large for first aid plasters, dressing complete with an easy-fix adhesive tab.

BURNS GEL DRESSING – Every employer with as much as a kettle, must have a risk from burns. A modern burns gel dressing is added to meet this risk, together with a conforming bandage to attach and retain it.

ADHESIVE TAPE – Many first aiders prefer not to use safety pins, where additional injury could potentially be caused, adhesive tape is an easy and inexpensive way to secure dressings and bandages. Safety pins are retained, allowing users a choice of application.

SHEARS – Clothing around wound sites needs to be removed to allow first aid treatment. Shears, capable of cutting fabric and leather enable this removal.

FOIL EMERGENCY BLANKET – Clinical shock presents one of the most serious life threatening risks to a casualty, treatment includes keeping the casualty warm. The introduction of the foil survival blanket enables this.

MOUTH TO MOUTH RESUSCITATION DEVICE – The introduction of a mouth to mouth resuscitation device, incorporating a one way valve, protects the first aider from infection from body fluid pathogens.

EYE WASH – Incorporated into the travel kit since fixed eye wash stations are unlikely to be available. The environment of a travelling worker is unpredictable and could include a risk to eyes.

FIRST AID GUIDANCE LEAFLET  – Conforming to the latest HSE guidance.

To Buy these kit click here

Category of hazard Number of Employees Size of First Aid Kit
Low hazard 
e.g. shops, offices, libraries etc.
Less than 25
25 – 100
more than 100
Small size kit
Medium size kit
1 Large kit per 100 employees
High hazard
e.g. light engineering and assembly work, food processing, warehousing, extensive work with dangerous machinery or sharp instruments, construction, chemical manufacture etc.
Less than 5
5 – 25
more than 25
Small size kit
Medium size kit
1 large kit per 25 employees
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