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Axis Academy partners with Great Ormond Street Hospital to provide First Aid training

The Axis Academy is working with Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) to deliver First Aid training courses for the latter’s its Young People’s Forum (YPF). 

The YPF was established for patients, ex-patients and siblings of patients who have been looked after at GOSH and a number of other hospitals around the UK, including Birmingham Children’s Hospital. It’s designed for 11 to 25 year olds who want to have fun, meet new people and learn new skills, with one of the skills on offer this year being offered via a First Aid/CPR course delivered by The Axis Academy. The first training course took place on Saturday 14 October.

The First Aid session was developed by the dedicated training team at The Axis Academy. The company also delivers a number of accredited First Aid courses through one of the UK’s leading Awarding Organisations, namely Qualsafe Awards, ensuring both the quality and formal recognition of learning. The First Aid courses are just some of the many regulated courses that are now being offered to Axis Group’s clients and any businesses looking to support staff learning and development.

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Duaine Taylor, head of learning and development at The Axis Academy, is extremely pleased to be supporting GOSH and its YPF. “The YPF aims to further the enjoyment and skills of young people connected to GOSH and many other childrens’ hospitals throughout the UK,” asserted Taylor. “We’re very pleased to have been chosen to help with this worthwhile cause. The day was a great success with approximately 80 children from all over the UK in attendance. It was a jam-packed day of presentations and talks. Attendees were split into smaller groups and divided between the sessions. All participants walked away with a certificate in recognition of their new skills.”

The Axis Academy is already helping to develop the careers of Axis Security, Acuity and Axis Cleaning and Support Services employees by delivering an extensive range of courses. In partnering with GOSH, the business is furthering its goal of offering services to clients, third party providers and private individuals.

In addition to First Aid, other courses provided by The Axis Academy are categorised under the fundamentals of Customer Service, Fire Safety, Health and Safety, Security and Supervisor and Management courses. More sector-specific courses are tailored within each of these categories, for example Control and Restraint and Food Hygiene.

The most recent course added to The Axis Academy’s repertoire is a Citizens Aid First Aid course. The half-day course is new to the industry and provides training for scenarios where there are mass casualties and knife injuries. This course has recently been accredited by Qualsafe Awards.

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Specialist Emergency Fire Crew training helps off-duty Securitas UK officer take control after road accident

An off-duty protective services officer employed by Securitas UK was first on the scene at a recent road traffic accident, accrediting his subsequent actions and quick thinking to Emergency Fire Crew specialist training.

Tony Wyatt, who works on a large customer site in North Wales, was on his way to collect his son from school when he witnessed a car flip on to its side as a result of hitting a bollard. Wyatt’s immediate concerns were for both the welfare of the driver and the safety of people in the immediate area outside the school gates.

After ascertaining that the driver didn’t seem to have sustained serious injuries, Wyatt instructed him to turn the engine off in order to mitigate damage in the event of a fuel spill before finding out if the male was able to leave the vehicle.

The driver’s side was damaged – including smashed windows – and the passenger door was locked. Wyatt instructed the driver to unlock the passenger door, which enabled him to enter the vehicle and help to free the man.

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Securitas UK protective services officer Tony Wyatt

The Emergency Services had been called, but Wyatt took advantage of his First Aid training to check the driver for injuries pending their arrival. Thankfully, the man’s injuries were limited to minor cuts and slight shock and, after being examined by paramedics, the driver was allowed to leave the scene.

“It turned out that the sun’s glare off the road had momentarily blinded the driver, which is why he hit the bollard,” explained Wyatt. “I’m just thankful that I was there to help and that he didn’t sustain any serious injuries.”

Wyatt continued: “I had just completed my Emergency Fire Crew Capability (EFCC) course at the Fire Services College in Moreton-in-Marsh, giving me the confidence that I could handle the situation correctly. My thanks go to the instructors there for making the course so enjoyable and, as it turns out, highly relevant.”

Shaun Kennedy, Securitas UK’s director of specialised protective services, commented: “We aim to equip our officers such that they can effectively handle any situation they may encounter during the course of their work. This is underpinned by the fact that, to date, over 600 employees have passed the EFCC training course. It makes me especially proud that Tony and other officers have also been able to exploit the skills they’ve learned, as well as act on their own initiative, in order to be so highly effective in emergency situations outside of the workplace.”

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New website launched by Bull Products for Cygnus wireless fire alarm system

Bull Products has just launched a brand new website at www.cygnusalarms.com devoted to its innovative Cygnus wireless fire alarm system.

Developed in conjunction with major construction companies, the Cygnus system is designed specifically for use on construction sites where the environment demands far higher radio performance than standard systems. The Cygnus system is able to link no less than 480 alarm devices in 15 zones.

The new website has been created to help construction companies specify the exact Cygnus system they would like for a particular project. As well as giving an explanation of the system and its capabilities, there’s a full listing of all the control panels and individual alarm units available.

There are also helpful videos to explain the system and its maintenance, and a gallery showing recent installations for end user customers including BSkyB, Crossrail and Scotland Yard together with a number of customer testimonials on projects as well as full Case Studies.

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Included on the site is a full technical section and servicing advice plus details of the standards relating to the use of fire alarm systems on different types of construction sites and conformity to regulations.

The Cygnus wireless fire alarm system is backed by an eight-strong customer support team who are there to help customers with their specific requirements, installation and servicing needs.

Five control panels, 31 alarm units

In the Cygnus family there are a choice of five control panels and 31 alarm units and accessories, all illustrated with their details on the website. A CYG6 control panel has recently been introduced to cater for smaller construction sites, handling 32 alarm devices in a single zone. There’s also a control panel available with a GSM modem allowing reporting via SMS text messaging.

Another innovation is a PIR option available on all alarm modules to detect intruders and alert off-site personnel for added safety protection.

The Cygnus fire alarm system has an impressive capability of linking up to 480 units across a construction site. Individual units may be either a fire alarm Call Point, First Aid alert point, smoke detector, heat detector or a combined Call Point/First Aid alert alarm. Further capabilities include out-of-hours notifications via an auto-dialling panel to key-holders.

Cygnus has been specifically designed for use in dense concrete and steel structured buildings, and areas where there are many other radio frequencies in use. Particular attention has been given to achieving an extremely long range connection. Operational distances in excess of 1.5 km have been recorded in an open air environment.

Cygnus covers impressive distances due to a meshing system which allows devices to communicate through one another and not directly to the panel.

Bull Products offers a full one-year guarantee on all Cygnus devices and provides high levels of technical, on-site and after-sales service support in addition to its standard maintenance contracts.

*Further information on the Cygnus wireless alarm system is available from Bull Products on (telephone) 01432 371170 or send an e-mail to: info@bullproducts.co.uk

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Cordant Security agrees on long-term guarding contract with Pure Datacentres

Cordant Security has been awarded a long-term contract to provide security guarding services for Pure Datacentres, based at the Data Centre provider’s specialist premises in Birmingham. This latest agreement further expands the company’s portfolio of high value accounts based within the city of Birmingham and, indeed, across the Midlands.

Under the terms of the deal, Cordant Security will provide a security guarding presence at the facility on a 24/7 basis. A dedicated team of full-time employees will work at the premises, with at least one supervisor and one officer always being on site at any point.

Before working at the site, Cordant Security staff must complete a detailed and intensive pre-training programme including instruction on First Aid, Public Space CCTV Surveillance, conflict management and physical intervention.

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Brendan Musgrove: Managing Director at Cordant Security

Cordant Security was awarded the contract ahead of three other security businesses following a competitive tendering process. The signed agreement has scope for further growth in the future.

Brendan Musgrove, managing director at Cordant Security, explained: “This new contract illustrates that we have the capability to deliver outstanding security services within what is one of the UK’s fastest-growing sectors. Our dedicated on-site team will ensure that Pure Datacentres’ facility remains safe and secure at all times.”

Dale Wilkinson, security operations director at Pure Datacentres, added: “Cordant Security has an excellent reputation for providing a professional and high quality service to its clients. This affords us the confidence to enter into a long-term agreement with the company. We look forward to a prosperous partnership over the coming years.”

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University of York heightens staff and student safety thanks to CriticalArc’s SafeZone solution

The University of York launched CriticalArc’s SafeZone solution on Thursday 8 January to provide round-the-clock safety reassurance for students and staff alike. York is the first university in the Russell Group to roll out this simple-to-use and free application which is designed to help those on campus summon security or safety assistance via their mobile phone.

The SafeZone system allows security or First Aid personnel to pinpoint the exact location of where help is needed. It also provides students and staff with a way of swiftly summoning general assistance from the Security Services Help Desk just by tapping an on-screen button.

Alcuin Bridge at The University of York (copyright: Tim Ball)

Alcuin Bridge at The University of York (copyright: Tim Ball)

By way of the SafeZone app, nearly 20,000 students and staff will be able to access three main features: Emergency, First Aid and General Help. Emergency and First Aid options will bring security or First Aid-trained officers to the location of the call, while the General Help button connects directly to the Campus Services Help Desk.

The SafeZone system will also help the University of York’s management team send targeted notification messages to students and staff alike in the event of an incident occurring in particular areas or buildings on campus.

CriticalArc's Safe Zone app on an iPhone

CriticalArc’s Safe Zone app on an iPhone

Security staff across campus put SafeZone through exhaustive, month-long trials and, this week, The University of York will stage a series of Roadshows to explain how students and staff can sign up for the new app.

In practice, SafeZone works within designated zones covering Heslington West, Heslington East, the King’s Manor and the University Boathouse.

Swift and efficient personnel deployment

Denis Fowler, the University of York’s director of Health and Safety, explained: “Our campus is already very safe but SafeZone affords students and staff extra reassurance that assistance is no more than the touch of a button away. The system allows us to monitor the positions of security personnel and First Aiders so that we can deploy them swiftly and efficiently to provide assistance and support to individuals where necessary. Previously, in the event of an emergency on site many students automatically called 999 but SafeZone provides a more targeted method of summoning assistance across the campus.”

Heslington Hall (copyright: The University of York)

Heslington Hall (copyright: The University of York)

The University of York has worked closely with CriticalArc to introduce the system. Darren Chalmers-Stevens, EMEA director at CriticalArc, said: “SafeZone’s adoption at the University of York is testament to how this solution can revolutionise the way in which educational institutions manage their day-to-day security and safety operations while ensuring a safer learning environment.”

Chalmers-Stevens added: “SafeZone provides security teams and first responders with the right information very quickly such that they can improve their ability to react to situations both efficiently and appropriately. By providing an unobtrusive security application versus traditional physical security equipment, we’re empowering the University of York to mitigate risk and improve brand reputation through enhanced Duty of Care while gaining significant efficiencies for the management team through the improved deployment of manned response personnel.”

The Law and Management Building (copyright: BDP)

The Law and Management Building (copyright: BDP)

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Safety showers in the workplace: what does Best Practice look like?

Robert Moore considers what constitutes Best Practice in both the use and monitoring of safety showers in hazardous working environments.

Manufacturing facilities can be dangerous places. Even with the most stringent Health and Safety procedures in place, accidents can – and occasionally do – happen, and the consequences can be serious.

The level of risk clearly increases depending on the environment. Risk may arise from the machinery and moving parts. It may stem from the manufacturing process, working with intense heat or high power, or it may come from materials used within the manufacturing process (with perhaps the greatest risk coming from hazardous chemicals).

The risk posed by liquid chemicals is not so much one of ingestion but rather from spillages and/or the liquid being accidentally splashed onto clothes or skin. The most dangerous scenario, of course, is when a chemical finds its way into someone’s eyes.

Manufacturers – and indeed their counterparts in laboratories and pharmaceutical facilities – have long since identified this risk and have taken steps to limit potential harm to their employees. Wash stations are de rigeur, as are safety showers in the event that the body needs to be fully immersed.

Standards governing safety shower design and performance

Remarkably, despite the essential nature of such equipment, ensuring a business is ‘compliant’ from a Health and Safety perspective is somewhat confusing since there are only a few recognised standards specifically governing the design and performance of safety showers.

The provision of safety showers can undoubtedly prevent serious injury and even save lives

The provision of safety showers can undoubtedly prevent serious injury and even save lives

What standards are there? Unfortunately, there appears to be no complete EU or UK standard that covers all types of shower for all types of installation. The existing EN15154 standard has four completed parts that cover plumbed-in showers in laboratories and plumbed-in eye showers in both laboratories and industrial/logistics sites as well as tank showers (non-plumbed) for all sites. However, there’s no finalised standard covering plumbed-in showers for industrial (non-lab) sites.

The lack of clear EU standards doesn’t mean that an employer can install any form of shower and ‘get away with it’. They must abide by clear legal requirements to provide appropriate First Aid equipment, but the lack of an agreed standard does make the definition of ‘appropriate’ difficult to determine. Perhaps employers could look further afield for advice, and more specifically turn to our friends in the US?

America’s ANSI Z358.1-2004/2009 is a more or less holistic standard covering most types of shower and eye bath. Its scope is for all types of working environments. The thoroughness of this standard means it has become the essential reference point for those employers seeking Best Practice.

Similarly, the German DIN 12899-3:2009 standard covers plumbed and tank body showers for industrial and logistics sites, thus plugging the substantial gap in the current European norm. Indeed, it’s believed that the German standard will be followed when Part Five of the EU legislation is finally completed.

What does Best Practice look like?

Employers have a responsibility to ensure that a shower will work when it’s needed. Best Practice would include an audit of when a shower was last used. It would also include some form of alert mechanism to show when the shower had been activated – especially at a time when an individual may be working alone.

Technology is there to assist. A Limitless™ wireless switch, for example, can be easily installed on existing safety shower units and integrated with local or central alarms, building management systems and CCTV, not only to improve critical first alert response times in the event of an accident, but also to provide an audit trail of when each safety shower/eye wash station has been used. In addition, this supports employers in documenting their Health and Safety obligations.

Being wireless, it enables any washing facility – regardless of where it may be located on site – to be centrally located and tracked such that, if an emergency should occur, help is always close at hand. The switch can be manually operated or set to automatically trigger an alarm the moment a valve is opened. It can be quickly and easily fitted retrospectively to any shower installation without the need for trenching for cable or conduit, or included at the point of manufacture.

Robert Moore: Product Director (EMEA) for Electromechanical Switches and Test and Measurement Products at Honeywell Sensing and Control

Robert Moore: Product Director (EMEA) for Electromechanical Switches and Test and Measurement Products at Honeywell Sensing and Control

The solutions are available in two wireless protocols. First, there’s a Limitless™ point-to-point protocol where switches transmit directly with a receiver. In this case, the protocol allows for lost connectivity and low battery diagnostics.

Second, a ‘OneWireless’ multi-application, multi-standard wireless network that can be tailored to offer the network coverage needed for large industrial applications. Field devices mesh, allowing for multiple RF transmission pathways.

Prevention is better than cure

Having a shower installed does not in itself ensure that an employer has met their Health and Safety obligations, and neither does it ensure the safety of the employee.

Prevention, so the saying has it, is better than cure. The provision of such equipment can undoubtedly prevent serious injury and even save lives. By adopting Best Practice, and referencing those standards that are available, an employer will know that they’ve done all they can to mitigate the risk.

Robert Moore is Product Director (EMEA) for Electromechanical Switches and Test and Measurement Products at Honeywell Sensing and Control

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