16th February 2015

Health & Safety Training in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Health and Safety training

Introduction

 

Companies, charities, sports clubs and other organisations often lack the time, expertise or other resources to be able provide Health and Safety Training internally. We are able to provide a range of courses including Manual Handling  and First Aid to Edinburgh and the surrounding area, including East Lothian, Midlothian and West Lothian. We can provide these training courses on your premises, on our premises in Eskbank just outside Edinburgh or a combination of the two.

We can be flexible to your needs regarding the organisation of events. We are able to provide courses at the weekend or in the evening or of course during normal working hours, depending on your operational requirements.

Manual Handling Training

 

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 and Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 require that employers both provide employees with manual handling training and insure that they are competent.

Midlothian Physiotherapy can ensure that you comply with the above legislation by providing Manual Handling training which covers the required theoretical underpinnings and a practical component where participants are taught and assessed performing an appropriate task or tasks. We provide both Object and People Manual Handling courses.

For both types of Manual Handling training we would discuss your needs prior to delivering the training session and then tailor the content of the course to the specific needs of you, the needs of the organisation and the needs of your staff.

For example when training refuse collectors for a local authority, we arranged a site visit where we looked at the tasks that the staff had to carry out. The line manager organising the training discussed with us the tasks he felt were particularly relevant. The practical component of the course was then tailored to the needs of the organisation, in this case manoeuvering large waste bins to refuse trucks. This meant that we were able to pre-empt any issues that could potentially have become contentious.

We provide Manual Handling training for people handling to an independent nursing care provider on an ongoing monthly basis and have done for several years now. We don’t just teach what is required from the syllabus. We discuss on going issues with the management team and the care staff and then tailor the session to address those issues. During the practical sessions the staff are always asked if there are any particular issues that they want to discuss or address.

As we have been providing the training for some time now, often staff are returning for their yearly refresher training. This is a good opportunity to assess how useful previous advice regarding specific situations has been and to suggest different ideas if necessary. We aim to foster an open and transparent environment when carrying out manual handling training so that staff feel that they are able to ask questions and offer opinions without feeling that they will be judged adversely.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your requirements.

 

First Aid Training

 

The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to enable first aid to be given to employees if they are injured or become ill at work.  Full details can be found in the Health and Safety Executive leaflet “First Aid at Work – Your Questions Answered“. Midlothian Physiotherapy LLP can ensure that you comply with the legislation by providing a variety of different First Aid training courses which can be tailored to your specific requirements.

For example various sporting bodies lay down guidance for First Aid training for coaches/helpers, for example the SYFA advises that clubs must have at least one person on the touchline of all games who has received Sports First Aid training, where a Chartered Physiotherapist is not present. We are a recognised SYFA provider of Sports First Aid training and our 2 day Sports First Aid course  covers the criteria laid out by the SFA Medical Committee. Our presenters are highly experienced First Aiders/First Responders with experience in providing First Aid cover to high profile sporting and other events. Details regarding our next course can be found here.

We provide our FIrst Aid training from our physiotherapy clinic in Eskbank near Edinburgh, however if you have a significant number of delegates and you would like us to come to your business, club or other organisation then please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your requirements.

 

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