Helen UnderwoodIt's been a great start to the year, meeting lots of new candidates at our training courses and catching up with many folk who've come back for their 3-year refresher training. We've also successfully gained centre status with Training Qualifications UK this month (see below) which is exciting news for us at Underwood Training and in particular for candidates attending courses that were previously HSE Approved. 

I hope that you've not been affected by recent weather events, and as always please do get in touch if I can be of any assistance or if you've an interesting news article for sharing. 

Best wishes, 



Walkers airlifted after lightening strike

Thanks to Craig who was on February's Outdoor Incident Management (ODIM)First Aid course for spotting this interesting article which also includes advice for walkers caught out in an electrical storm - for the full article


click this link to go to the feature on the grough website.

grough - the inside view of the outdoor world is edited by Bob, who is another of our previous ODIM First Aid course candidates. There are loads of interesting articles on the site for those interested in the outdoors and this can be found at

www.grough.co.uk - thanks Bob for permission to share this.


Diabetes and the 4T's

Similar to the FAST campaign for Stroke, I was made aware this week of the 4T's for Diabetes by Emma who attended our February Paediatric First Aid course. Diabetes (both type 1 & type 2) is on the increase across all age groups, and early diagnosis and the correct medical treatment to manage the condition can prevent a lot of long-term problems -  for the person suffering with Diabetes and also their family and work colleagues. If left undiagnosed it can be life-threatening.

The four most common symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes are:

Toilet - going a lot, bed wetting and heavier nappies in babies

Thirsty - being really thirsty and not being able to quench that thirst

Tired - feeling more tired than usual

Thinner - loosing weight or looking thinner than usual

Diagnosis can be made with a simple finger-prick blood test at a GP surgery. 
Thank you to Diabetes UK for permission to use their image - visit their website for more information on this campaign and on Diabetes in general.


Underwood Training achieves Centre Status with TQUK

TQUK logoSince HSE Approvals ceased issuing training numbers to First Aid Training organisations on 1st October 2013, we have made the decision to work with an Ofqual recognised Awarding Organisation (AO) to be able to offer clients both tailored training courses in-house, and qualifications that are on the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF). The advantage of this is that QCF qualifications are nationally recognised, and for candidates who are looking to work towards a programme of study, each qualification is awarded a level and credits and this may be used to contribute towards a larger qualification.

Our AO is Training Qualifications UK (TQUK), and Underwood Training has been awarded Gold Approved Centre status. Currently we are offering Emergency First Aid at Work, First Aid at Work (and FAW Requalification) and Paediatric First Aid on the QCF. We hope soon to also be able to offer the Level 3 Award in Education and Training (QCF) which is the new version of PTLLS for those in teaching and training.  We are looking forward to working with the team at TQUK.


MHRA  Medical Device Alerts and H & S notifications

Updates and alerts from the HSE and the Medical and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) :

The HSE's winter newsletter is out - click here

 ... workplace injuries at an all-time low; in the dock - those incidents that have made it to court; updates on ACOP's ; myth-busters - the kid who wasn't allowed to wear glasses on a bouncy castle and other nonsense blamed on 'elf and safety'!

Take 5 and Stay Alive - asbestos awareness campaign


HSE Safety Alerts: construction_crane.jpg

Preventing catastrophic failure of luffing jib tower cranes in high winds - following recent collapse of three luffing job tower cranes in high winds

Genie Z135/70 Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP) - following preliminary findings for a a machine overturn


MHRA Alerts:

 Medical Device Alert: Intra-oral dental X-ray units: Kodak 2100 and Kodak 2200 manufactured by Carestream Health (MDA/2014/005) 

Issue with failure of scissor arm bracket 



Useful Links: 

We're regularly getting asked for links to things on training courses, so will build up here a resource for anyone who has trained with us!


The SMS Emergency calls - or text 999 - must be registered for before use and you can do so here.


BCU coaches - for an update on first aid requirements for coaches click here


L24 - Workplace health, safety and welfare: ACOP and guidance (revised)  



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