Safety Mode Ltd25 Jan 2019

Attitudes & Fears – First Aid in the Workplace


First Aid is not just a vital skill for you as an individual but also an essential skill to have within the workplace.

So why is First Aid training in the workplace so limited?

I recently conducted a presentation at a local Business Network Meeting, whereby I asked the 59 people in the room who had undertaken First Aid training in the last 12 months, to which not one person stood up. I then asked how many people had undertaken First Aid training in the last 3 years – only 5 people out of 40 stood up.

This is a staggeringly scary statistic, and one that needs to change urgently.


Many employers think that just because one member of the team or the manager has undertaken First Aid training, that this is enough – I couldn’t disagree more. What happens if that person isn’t in on a certain day? What happens when your First Aiders take annual leave? Even scarier, what if it’s your First Aider that is taken ill or is injured?


In my opinion, every person in the workplace should have some form of First Aid training and experience. Whilst employers may find this costly, in my opinion, you can’t put a price on saving a life.


For some businesses, managers don’t seem to value the importance of First Aid in the workplace beyond the legal requirements of having one or two members of the staff team fully First Aid trained.

Similarly, many don’t appreciate that despite what type of business you are, everyone should have First Aid skills; many believe that if you are an office-based workplace there is less need for everyone to be First Aid than say if you are a construction-based company. This couldn’t be further from the truth; accidents in the work place can happen anywhere, at any time and at varying levels of severity, and so ensuring that everyone is adequately prepared to deal with these first aid emergencies, and it should be viewed across all work places to be a high priority.


There are obvious medical and life-saving benefits to staff being First Aid trained, but there are also other practical benefits that will benefit any workplace.

Not only will employees learn vital life-saving skills, but First Aid training will also enable them to become more safety aware, which in turn supports the decrease in the number of accidents that occur within the workplace.

In addition to this, First Aid training gives employees the knowledge and confidence they need to manage an emergency situation without fear or hesitation.

These vital First Aid skills are so important to every person of all ages and walks of life, so much so, the Government has recently confirmed plans to teach CPR in schools. (You can read more about this here: https://www.bhf.org.uk/what-we-do/news-from-the-bhf/news-archive/2019/january/government-confirms-plans-to-teach-cpr-in-schools)


If you are considering investing in First Aid training for your staff team, get into the ‘ MODE’ and act fast.    

First Aid is a lesson you will never regret learning.

Kayla Shepherd20 Jun 2018

Restart The Heart Campaign

On the 16th of October The British Heart Fondation is again running their annual intiative Restart the Heart, this initiative aims to train as many people as possible in CPR in one day.

Last year 195,000 young people were trained in life saving skills across the uk !! 

If you suffer an out-of-hospital cardic arrest in the uk, you have less than one in ten chance of surviving!  Safety Mode Ltd want to help change that and you can help ! we are looking for schools or anyone that works with young people over the Worthing area who would like to take part in the campaign. Do you know;  anyone who works in a school or maybe the school your children go to, a community youth group, would they like to get involved and provide an opportunity for young people to learn these life saving skills?

Did you know that you maybe eligible for free CPR training kits !! 

This September will also be the 1 year anniversary of the very tragic day our company director lost her husband, this is another reason why we at Safety Mode Ltd are keen to spread far and wide the importance of learning these skills, life is too short so learn these life skills TODAY !


Go to the British Heart Fondation website to find out more

or Contact Kayla:  Kayla@safetymode.co.uk for more information



Kayla Shepherd7 Mar 2018

Encouraging the future generation

On the 8th March 2018 I will be supporting year 10 students at Worthing High School. Safety Mode Ltd will be part of 'THE BIG INTERVIEW'where individuals from several businesses from the local area will be interviewing the students in a realistic interview situation. 

I am looking forward to re creating a life like interview experience for the students and providing them with supportive and constructive feedback. Which will put them on the right track to follow  their career passions. 


Follow us on Twitter to find out how we got on by clicking on the twitter icon below.


Kayla Shepherd14 Sep 2017

Our First Aid journey so far........


Well the last few months have been very busy, with the launch of our open courses and our Mini Medic workshops for children over the summer holidays.

we have enjoyed attending several networking meetings, where we have met some fantastic people and shared our passion for first aid.

Kayla (our instructor) especially enjoyed attending an Anaphylaxis Campaign meeting at St Pauls in Worthing, Here is what she had to say about the meeting:

 Lily (one of our baby manikins) and I found the meeting inspiring and I met a lovely group of parents who have children with allergies (some with very severe reactions) during the meeting I was able to talk to the parents and understand their frustrations regarding the awareness of anaphylaxis reactions and the importance of Epi - Pen training. The parents were able to share top tips on travelling, eating out in restaurants and going to childrens parties. I had the opportunity to explain about Safety Mode Ltd and how our training courses cover Anaphylaxis, all the parents were very keen to attend one of our First Aid workshops for parents and carers (which covers Anaphylaxis and Epi - pens. I am looking forward to meeting them again on the 6th October.

If you would like more information about the Anaphylaxis Campaign please visit www.anapylaxis.org.uk

Kayla Shepherd13 Sep 2017

First Aid in the Work place

So over the last few months we have enjoyed supplying First Aid training and advice to a variety of sectors: Nursing homes, construction, schools, individual therapists/dance teachers and children. Through these tainings we have found that there are some industries that have a relaxed mind when it comes to First Aid and their responsibilities to themselves, their employees and the public.

It is amazing to believe that there were 72.702 Non-fatal injuries to employees reported 2015/16 in Great Britain !! (Source RIDDOR)

30.4 million Working days lost due to  work-related illness and non-fatal workplace injuries in 2015/16 (HSE)

4.8 Billion Annual costs of workplace injury.  (HSE)

The HSE have reported that there are still workplace accidents that result in fatal injuries:      

 In 2016/17 there were over a hundred fatal injuries in the uk: 31 struck by moving vechicle, 25 of those falls from height and 21 of those were struck by moving (including flying/falling) object. Although these are considerably lower than previous years.

I ask the question why not even lower?

Because there maybe ........

  • Lack of training 
  • Lack of understanding of procedures
  • Lack of supervision
  • Lack of communication
  • Lack of human/training resources
  • Lack of time


My words were - how can we change this ?

It is amazing to think that many companies we train with think that what the HSE suggestions regarding how many First Aid equipment/training/ personnel doesnt apply to them !

See below HSE suggested fiqures.

Suggested numbers of first-aid personnel to be available at all times people are at work 


Low-hazard, eg offices, shops, libraries
Fewer than 25 At least one appointed person
25–50 At least one first-aider trained in EFAW
More than 50 At least one first-aider trained in FAW for every 100 employed  (or part thereof)


Higher-hazard, eg light engineering and assembly work, food processing, warehousing, extensive work with dangerous machinery or sharp instruments, construction, chemical manufacture
Fewer than 5 At least one appointed person
5–50 At least one first-aider trained in EFAW or FAW depending on the type of injuries that might occur
More than 50 At least one first-aider trained in FAW for every 50 employed (or part thereof)
NB This table refers to FAW and EFAW – but you may choose some other level of training appropriate for your circumstances.

............ Please take the time to risk assess the business First Aid Needs regardless whether your are the employee or employer in construction or a one to one therapist. How would you feel if you went into a bank (for example) where they only had an appointed person (only responsible for calling an ambulance when needed and restocking the First Aid kit/equipment !!) and you have a cardic arrest !

So many employers dont follow suggested HSEguidelines becuase it is suggested !!


what if something happens to you !!


My words were how can we change this ?


If you are an employer or an employee take control !

  • Make sure you have or there is someone on site at all time that is trained to give first aid and knows how to manage an emergency situation.
  • Make sure there are enough First Aid provision available- AED if risk Assessed that there is a need, First Aid kit with equipment that is in date ! and this is checked and documented on a monthly basis  (BANADAGES DO GO OUT OF DATE !)
  • There is a plan in place for an emergency situation, who calls the ambulance/completes paperwork and the clear up process afterwards.
  • Incidents and Accidents are documented correctly and any actions followed up and any RIDDOR reporting is completed. 
  • Communicate both ways
  • Make sure effective training is completed and reviewed and updated 
  • Manager - employee Supervision is taken seriously and Health and Safety is discussed during every Supervision meetings.


Lets changes those figures ! 


Book your First Aid Training courses with Safety Mode Ltd, have a look at our services page for course details or email Kayla@safetymode.co.uk


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