Significant changes ahead?

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Significant changes ahead?On 1 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today With the first-aid regulations now more than two decadesold, the HSE is looking to update. We explore the proposed changes and how theymay affect first-aid provision, by David Arnold More than 20 years ago, the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981came into force. Since then, large manufacturing plants, once so common, havemade way for smaller businesses. Hazardous working environments have beenreplaced with health and safety-conscious workforces, and prescriptive policieshave been superseded by needs assessments. So are the regulations still relevant? To find out, the HSE commissionedresearch, resulting in a discussion document to move first aid forward and toalign first-aid provision with today’s needs.1,2,3 If fully implemented, the proposals would affect first aid in everyworkplace. However, this is a discussion document and as such, allows yourinput to shape first-aid provision for the future (The First Aid Café websiteis currently collecting views for the HSE3). The new training model To understand any changes, we need to make a comparison with the legislationas it stands today. All workplaces require, at a minimum, an appointed person (AP). Althoughtraining is available, training is not a legal requirement as an AP’s main dutyis only to call the emergency services, plus a few other non-medicalactivities. For workplaces requiring a first aider (normally for organisations employing50 people or more), he/she must be qualified. The qualification requires afour-day training course presented by an HSE-approved provider. The first aider must also take a refresher course every three years for thequalification to remain valid. The commissioned report found support for: – Shorter first-aid courses, as it reduced the burden on employers torelease staff for training – More frequent refresher courses, as it addresses skill-fade – More ‘basic first aiders’ trained in emergency training, as this improvesfirst-aid provision at a reduced cost. These proposals should not increase the burden on employers, although therewill be financial winners and losers. Any increased costs, however, will beoffset by increased benefits. The HSE proposes three levels: – Appointed person – no training – First aider – six hours training – First aider – 16 hours training. These three levels will enable employers to match more accurately, and costeffectively, the legal directives with requirements. The new training courses will concentrate more on life-threatening injuriesor illnesses and remove the more non-essential detail, making the training lesscomplex and more focused. The six-hour emergency first-aid course will include: – What to do in an emergency – Cardiopulmonary resuscitation – First aid for the unconscious casualty – First aid for the wounded or bleeding. The 16-hour first-aid at work course will include: – Emergency first aid (as a short course) – Provision of appropriate first aid to a casualty who: – is suffering from broken bones/spinal injuries – s suffering from shock – as been burned – has an eye injury – has been poisoned – Recognition of common major illnesses and provision of appropriate firstaid – Importance of personal hygiene in first-aid procedures – Use of first-aid equipment – Maintenance of simple factual records. First aid for the public Although it is currently recommended that visitors, customers and othernon-employees should be included, they do not yet form a legal part of theassessment. The proposal here is to change this recommendation to become compulsory.However, by including the public, certain needs-assessment outcomes may change– for example, a supermarket has customers of all ages and the likelihood ofcardiac arrest increases with age. Because of these changes, automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) –including training – may be considered a necessary part of first-aid provision.This change may also burden the smaller business, for example, small retailshops. Skill fade Research has found that some individuals cannot adequately perform basiclife support within two months of training. After three years, the results aregenerally very poor, so the current three-year period between refresher courseshas always been considered excessive. It is proposed that a refresher course beundertaken every year. Training for the above courses will be restricted to HSE-approved trainingproviders. There will, however, be first aiders that need further, morespecific training, but this type of training will remain unchanged and outsidethe responsibility of the HSE. Training providers First-aid training providers also form an integral part of the discussiondocument. Briefly, the changes that are proposed range from approving coursesinstead of training providers, and holding a register of suitably-qualifiedtrainers. First aid kits What should go into a first-aid kit? This is a common question and has ledto the availability of the ‘HSE-approved kit’. Surprisingly, there is no suchitem. The HSE does not approve the content or the kits. Contents should berelated to a first-aid needs assessment. The HSE is trying to clarify thesituation by either making the content mandatory or by offering examples basedon different workplaces. Medicines, paracetamol etc, also form part of thereview. Have your say Some of the issues raised, if implemented, would require an amendment inlegislation, while others can be more readily introduced within the currentframework. Any changes will be wide reaching, and once implemented, couldremain with us for a further 20 years. It is therefore important that people’sopinions are presented and acted upon. The discussion document allows this tobe realised. References: 1. Casella Report, Arnold D (2003) – A matter of life and death.Occupational Health 55 (3) 21 2. HSE discussion document – A Review and evaluation of the effectiveness ofthe Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1982 3.First Aid Café, read more

Mobilizing young voters — to mobilize their peers

first_imgMaking Caring Common — a project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education that supports young people’s moral and civic development — has launched a new, nonpartisan voter mobilization and civic education initiative for young voters from across the country. The initiative, called Get Out the Vote, aims to encourage young adults (ages 18–25) to effectively mobilize their peers, as well as to provide them with civic knowledge and organizing skills that they can draw on now and throughout their lives.The three-week program, with 74 participants from 26 states, runs through August 14, 2020. It will offer trainings in voter registration, voter turnout, and community organizing, as well as public seminars and small-group sessions on topics including the history of voter disenfranchisement, the challenge and promise of civic education, vote suppression, the electoral college, and key issues for Democrats and Republicans in the 2020 election. Participants who complete the program will earn a certificate from Making Caring Common.“Only 40 percent of college students turned out in the 2018 midterm election — a dramatic jump from the 19 percent student turnout in the 2014 midterm elections, but a disappointing percentage for any healthy democracy,” says Senior Lecturer Richard Weissbourd, faculty director of Making Caring Common, noting that non-college students were even less likely to vote. “Research has found that the most effective strategy for motivating young people to register and to vote is thoughtful prompting from their peers. We hope this initiative will give young adults the tools they need to do that. We have wonderful young people participating in the program from all over the country who understand the importance of strengthening our democracy and civic life.”Get Out The Vote: A public seminar seriesThe initiative will host a series of seminars on Zoom and Facebook that are open to the general public. Seminars will feature a range of speakers and leaders grounded in the history of voting rights, representation, and current action to expand access and engagement.The first two of the public seminars are coming this week:On July 28, at 5 p.m. Black Voters Matter Fund co-founder Cliff Albright will join members of Making Caring Common’s Youth Advisory Board for a conversation about building community and organizational capacity to foster and amplify Black voting power. Register here.On July 30 at 5 p.m., HGSE Professor Meira Levinson will join Sean A. Floyd, a nonprofit and public-sector leader who now runs the Washington, D.C., consulting firm Nomadic Solutions, to discuss the civic empowerment gap and how to eliminate it. They’ll discuss insider politics and outsider activism, and why and how youth, people of color, first generation college students, and new Americans can upend traditional power disparities in U.S. politics. Register here.For more public seminars, check this page.last_img read more

Kirk Cousins apologizes to wideout Adam Thielen after Week 4 misfires

first_imgKirk Cousins can’t help but feel responsible for Adam Thielen’s many missed opportunities from Week 4.The Vikings receiver was critical of his quarterback after finishing Minnesota’s 16-6 loss at Chicago with just two catches, telling reporters after the game: “You have to be able to throw the ball.” John Ross injury update: Bengals receiver (shoulder) placed on IR Jerry Rice believes Larry Fitzgerald could pass him on receptions list Thielen is averaging just 3.3 catches per game this season, which is down from his average of 7.1 catches in 2018. His 6 yards in Week 4 were his lowest output since the 2015 season, but Cousins is confident it won’t happen again.”He’s shown — No. 19’s shown — that he will make that play, and he’ll probably finish that play in the end zone and pull away from the defender,” Cousins said. “Adam’s not just a really good player or one of the best players on the Vikings. He’s one of the best players in the NFL, one of the best players in the world, period, regardless of position. We want to, we need to — and when I say ‘we,’ really I mean I need to — get him more opportunities, get him the football.”Thielen also took time on the radio show to clarify his critique was supposed to be more broad, but was instead taken as a shot at Cousins.center_img Cousins couldn’t agree more.”No, like he said, it’s reality,” Cousins said Tuesday on KFAN. “I really want to apologize to him because there’s too many opportunities where we could have hit him on Sunday, and postgame when I talk to the media I always say, ‘Hey, until I watch the film, it’s hard for me to really give you a straight answer.’ Well, now it’s Tuesday night. I’ve watched the film and the reality is there were opportunities for him.” Related News “First of all, I think it’s interesting how media or fans take things that you say and make it what they want it to be,” Thielen said. “I don’t think I could say anything more generic that any offense would say. You can’t be one-dimensional in this league. It’s very, very, very difficult to win. If you listen to defensive coordinators talk, they want to make the offense one-dimensional, and that’s how they want to win.”It was as general as I could’ve got, but obviously people will find a way to twist it and make controversy and try to split your team. We’re not going to let that happen.”The Vikings (2-2) will have an opportunity to climb the NFC North standings when they visit the Giants (2-2) at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.last_img read more