New HSE Guidelines Implications for your Business

The Health and Safety Executive have announced changes to the structure of First Aid Training Courses in the Workplace. From October 1st 2009 two new courses are being introduced:

  • HSE 3 day First Aid at Work ( FAW ) course
  • HSE 1 day Emergency First Aid at Work ( EFAW ) course
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Resuscitation Council New Guidelines?

The European Resuscitation Council and the Resuscitation Council (UK) jointly published the new Resuscitation Guidelines 2010.

Here is a summary of the changes:

  • When obtaining help, ask for an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) if one is available.
  • Compress the chest to a depth of 5–6cm and at a rate of 100–120 per minute.
  • Give each breath over 1 second rather than 2 seconds.
  • Do not stop to check the casualty or discontinue CPR unless the casualty starts to show signs of regaining consciousness, such as coughing, opening his eyes, speaking or moving purposefully and starts to breathe normally.
  • Teach CPR to laypeople with an emphasis on chest compression, but include ventilation as the standard, particularly for those with a duty of care.