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First Aid guides, How Two’s and business views brought to you by the team at ABC Training Services

Firework Safety – Tips for Staying Safe on Bonfire Night 

The ghouls and ghosts of Halloween have gone back into hiding - but the Autumn festivities are only getting started. Bonfire Night and Diwali are now upon us, and since we’ll actually be able to celebrate them properly this year, they’re sure to be belters.   However,...

5 Top Golf Injuries and How to Prevent Them

Injuries during sporting activities are common but they are avoidable. Follow this guide to prevent the most common golfing injuries. A lot of golf injuries occur as a result of repetitive movements or the lack of a warm-up. You’d never see a professional golfer walk...

Head Injuries in sports to watch out for

In this blog, we will cover some of the most common sports injuries and what to be wary of. You may find the information in this blog useful if you are a sports player yourself or are interested in first aiding for sports events. Injuries to the head and neck are the...

6 essential first aid skills all parents should know

Choking Choking is extremely common and very frightening, but in most cases, with the right help, the casualty will make a full recovery. Babies can choke on anything small enough to fit through a toilet roll. What to do if a Baby is Choking Look in the baby’s mouth....

Panic Attacks: How to Help

Why do panic attacks happen? Panic attacks can happen to anyone, without any obvious cause or warning. They can be alarming both for the person experiencing the attack and anyone trying to help. Exams increase stress and students up and down the country will be...

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Should children be taught CPR in Schools?

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a skill for life. Educating and empowering young people to help in an emergency is an important achievement. CPA can be used in many different emergencies; such as cardiac arrest, heart attacks, suffocation, and many more.  CPR...

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How to retain your First Aid Knowledge

Most first aid certificates last between 3 years, some for just one year. In between, your knowledge and possible ability to respond naturally fades. If we deal with very few incidents in the workplace, this lack of practice can lead to a poor response to an incident....

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Assessing and treating a sprained ankle

Ankle injuries are very common but difficult to diagnose. Slips, trips and falls are common in the outdoors. If someone takes a tumble and hurts their ankle, how do we know if it is broken, sprained or strained? Unless you see a bone sticking out then it is very hard...

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First-aid training as a Security Guard

Security Guards have to undergo numerous pieces of training to do their job of protecting all those under their professional supervision. But, among all those pieces of training is much importance given to first-aid training? Not often and especially not in security...

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How To Treat A Jellyfish Sting?

Jellyfish stings are a pain, in more ways than one. If you have ever been stung by a jellyfish you know that it can be really irritating and it is hard to find relief from the pain. Treatment for a jellyfish sting revolves around pain relief or healing allergic...

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We Won Best First Aid Training Business – Staffordshire!

The Midlands Enterprise Awards are back for their fourth instalment in 2021. The awards highlight a vastly diverse range of exciting and innovative businesses and industries based in the UK’s heartland. Their awards scheme aims to be a thorough, robust representation...

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British Summers: What you need to know

The Risks of Hot Weather Most of us welcome hot weather, but there are health risks when it's too hot for too long. In extreme heat, your body works extra hard to maintain an average temperature, which can lead to death. In England, there are on average 2000...

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4 Steps To Treat Sunburn

Preventing sunburn is better than a cure, even though we should be avoiding becoming sunburnt in the first place. In bright conditions, it can be tricky to identify whether you or someone with you is becoming burnt. One way to tell if things are heading the wrong way...

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How does a Defibrillator work?

Many people see defibrillators in movies or TV series as this mystical device that manages to wake people up from near to death situations. This has lead to a lot of misconceptions about what a defibrillator actually does. In this blog, we will cover the purpose of a...

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Poisons and first aid treatment

Over 160,000 people attend hospital per year in the UK as a result of poisoning. In this blog we’ll look at the sources, the signs & symptoms plus the first aid do’s and don’ts of treating a casualty who has been poisoned. Children are more at risk of poisoning...

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What should I put in my First Aid Kit?

First aid kits are designed to manage all types of injuries, in most first aid kits you will find supplies to treat cuts, burns, scrapes, sprains and many other common ailments. All homes, cars, leisure centres and workplaces should have first aid kits. Find out what...

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Top 10 health and safety tips to help you!

In this blog, we will discuss the top 10 health and safety tips that you can use in both the workplace and, in some cases, at home. Understand the risks of your environment. Once you know the particular hazards of your environment or workplace, you can take steps to...

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Why May 2021 is the time to book your First Aid Course

As we slowly but surely return to normality, the ABC team would like to remind you why first aid is so essential, and why it's a great time to book a training course.   As you know, the first major restriction liftings happened on the 12th of April, under step two of...

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Why an ISO 9001 is important for your business 

Have you been wondering why so many big businesses have an ISO 9001? You might have seen a few companies that have this qualification, and they treat it like its gold. Why is that? An ISO 9001 is a way of proving undeniably that your company cares about its...

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Why First Aid Training is Essential for Workers

Why Is First Aid Training Essential for Workers? A worker is a broad term that can represent a multitude of different positions and circumstances but is a valid word to represent the importance of how important first aid training is for your company. Everyone, no...

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Does First Aid Training Expire?

We often get asked a simple question. Does First Aid Training Expire? This is an important question that a surprising amount of people do not know the answer to. Let's try to help shine a light on some of the common misconceptions on First Aid Training. In most cases,...

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What Does It Mean To Be A Fire Marshal?

What is a Fire Marshal? The Fire Marshal identifies the fire hazards at their workplace. The Fire Marshal reports the hazards to the appropriate person or authority. They do this by conducting consistent assessments of the building. The fire marshal ensures that...

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FAW and EFAW certificates requalification

Last year, the following message was put out by the Health & Safety Executive on First Aid Certificates:   First aid providers have now resumed first aid training and assessment. In some cases, there remains a backlog and limited availability for these courses. ...

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You’re Never Really ‘Off Duty’ In This Job

Doing this job though, you’re never really ‘off duty’ in the way most people are from their jobs. I’ve stopped at road traffic accidents a number of times. One I stopped at was very serious. One of the passengers in the vehicle died at the scene – no one could’ve...

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Event(ful) Days

In the events side of our business, we always say that the perfect day is a day when nothing happens. That’s not how it is in most jobs, I realise. But not every event we attend turns out to be that perfect day; that’s why we’re there. Even on a quiet day – a...

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Looking Ahead Through 2021

Last year, during the first Covid lockdown, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE – the governing body for workplace health and safety) suspended the requirement for people to renew their safety certificates. All things being good, as we get slowly back to something...

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What courses do you need when starting a business?

(Or perhaps buying a business or opening a new branch.) Firstly, write a health and safety policy. Then review it. This will flag the risk assessments that need doing. Naturally then, the next stage is to complete those risk assessments. Where are the potential...

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First Aid Training during Covid-19

Under the first full lockdown training companies had to close, however under lockdown #2 training companies have been allowed to stay open. We need to convince clients that we operate safely. One of the issues we’ve faced with the pandemic is people feeling confident...

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Health and Safety Consulting

Last year we added another dimension to our business when we hired Steven Hawksworth, a vastly experienced registered safety officer, into what is a new consulting role for us. Unlike some companies we don’t charge an annual fee for consulting. We set an hourly rate...

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New forklift training courses offered by ABC

We have recently started working with an experienced RTITB instructor. RTITB is the key standards setting body for workplace transport training. Forklifts are used by a number of the businesses we work with, so being able to offer this training is a great fit. We now...

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A day in the life of a first aider at events

There aren’t many jobs where, at the end of a day’s work, the key measure of success was that you didn’t have to do anything. However, that is the perfect day for an event first aider. It means everything went well, no one got hurt and no one needed any attention. But...

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What to expect from a first aid trainer

If you’re looking for a first aid trainer to train your staff, there are a few key things to consider. These days the duty is on you – your organisation – to make sure the trainer is qualified to do what they say they can do. There is no longer a governing body...

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How ABC is helping clients plan around Covid-19

Covid-19 has been a worry for businesses and organisations needing to train staff. Much training in our sector – when it’s done well – includes hands-on and up-close-and-personal interactivity. So, we need to ensure we deliver training in the safest possible...

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How Covid-19 has affected the workings of ABC

Like many businesses, the Covid-19 pandemic came as a shock to us earlier this year. Things went very quiet for a while. We took some time to get all our paperwork up-to-date, we checked and re-checked our equipment. Everything got cleaned and sanitised and then we...

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Winners of the 2020 Education & Training Awards

Excellent news from the team here at ABC Training Services! We've had great success at the Education and Training Awards 2020.   You can read more about our success below:   United Kingdom, 2020- Corporate Vision Magazine has announced the winners of the...

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Youth Mental Health First Aid

We hear people using the term ‘mental health’, but what is it exactly? Well, we all have
‘mental health’; we all need to look after ourselves emotionally as well as physically. However,
the phrase ‘mental health’ is commonly only thought of if someone is perceived as having a
‘problem’ and therefore it can have negative connotations attached to it.

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Staying safe in the sun

Enjoy sunny weather, but know when you’ve had enough!   In Britain, the slightest hint of a sunny sky is enough to bring flocks of us outdoors in our shorts and flip flops. The trouble is, we just don’t know how long it will last, which is when health problems...

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Why should you use ABC Event Cover?

How many times have you heard someone tell you to talk about the benefits of something, rather than just focusing on the features? Lots of times I should imagine. Well, you obviously need to know what a company does, where it does it and how (the features) and you can...

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Welcome to the team, Lynda!

We are so happy to be able to share with you our great news that Lynda Dawson (married to Colin Dawson, the owner and Director of ABC Training Services Ltd) has decided that the time is now right for her to join us.

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What online training is available at ABC Training Services?

Don’t let the buzzwords put you off: These are all different names for what can be a fantastic way to educate and train yourself and your workforce. ABC training services are proud to offer highly professional online training courses covering all aspects of Health and Safety, Social Care, and First Aid training.

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How Safe Are Your Child’s Toys?

What was your favourite toy as a child? Each generation has its own iconic set of toys: The eighties had Transformers and Cabbage Patch dolls, the nineties had Beanie Babies. Your favourite toy probably says a lot about your childhood. Personally, my favourite was a...

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January 2018 Update

Like anything in life, the more you ‘put in’, the more you ‘get out’. You can’t beat the feeling of helping another person, and perhaps even saving their life one day. That’s why we do what we do – we aim to pass on our message to businesses that your staff need to be trained in first aid, not just to tick a box, but for it to be an investment, part of your intrinsic values and ethos as a caring employer.

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