Spring 2017

Rebecca Spring 2017
Wow another quarter passed already! It's been a busy time juggling work and being a mummy; Rebecca's latest preferences are slides over swings and anything Peppa Pig related - including jumping in muddy puddles with her wellies!

The updated Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage will be of interest to anyone working in early years settings, schools and to parents and following some questions on recent courses over exactly what should be recording in accident records I've put some tips and links below.
With the nicer weather approaching and the increase of Giant Hogweed in our area of Yorkshire - please do take a look at how to recognise and avoid this nasty.  Relevant to anyone who likes walking/the outdoors, those with children and dog walkers! If you've any queries or topics of interest that you think would be useful for me to put in the newsletter do let me know. 
Best wishes,

Update to legislation and first aid requirements for Paediatric First Aid

The statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage was published on 3 March 2017 and if effective as of 3 April 2017. You can download a copy of this from the government Department for Education site here.

The big change to Paediatric First Aid is that anyone who completed a level 2 or level 3 qualification in the childcare sector on or after 30 June 2016 must have some level of Paediatric or Emergency Paediatric First Aid. For parents this is reassuring as there will be an increase in the number of first aiders around small children - early years setting often have lots of areas out of sight of each other and young children have no sense of danger!

The new guidelines also have an annexe containing the contents of the 2 day Paediatric and 1-day Emergency Paediatric First Aid courses - this is very similar to having the Emergency First Aid at Work and full First Aid at Work courses in adult workplaces.
If you've any questions please do not hesitate to contact Helen via email or call her via the office.

Giant Hogweed - do you know why you should avoid it?!
Giant Hogweed
Giant Hogweed is huge - it can be  as tall as 3 to 5m, with lobed leaves up to 1.5m across and clusters of white flowers up to 60cm across; the thick green stem has purple mottling and can be 5-10cm diameter.
It is an invasive non-native species of plant which can cause severe chemical burns to anyone coming into contact with the toxic chemicals in its sap (present in leaves, stems, roots, flowers and seeds). The burnt area can also become photosensitive to light (it will burn again when in contact with sunlight) for up to 7 years; if it gets into the eyes it can cause temporary blindness. Dog owners have been reported to get the sap on them when stroking a dog who has brushed against it.
Plan: learn to recognise it and give it a wide berth!
For a more detailed identification at all times of year/growth check out this link.  Report any sightings so that the relevant people can cull it  - you can download the free PlantTracker app which enables you to report a variety of non-native species.
First aid treatment if you get the sap on you is: wash the affected area with soap and water, cover from sunlight and go to the nearest A&E department.

Accident Reporting - do you know what you should include

riddor accident book Any accident/illness that requires first aid no matter how minor should legally be recorded by the first aider and this report should then be passed to a supervisor/manager or senior member of staff. As soon as it is completed all information recorded is subject to the Data Protection Act and it is strictly confidential.

Certain types of accidents and cased of occupational diseases (e.g. legionella) must also be reported to the HSE under the RIDDOR regulations - this is done by the more senior staff within the organisation not the first aider (unless the boss is also the first aider!). For guidance on RIDDOR reporting click here.

Accident reports enable trends of things causing accidents to be highlighted which might mean a training issue or faulty equipment being replaced preventing further injuries. They also protect you the employee - for example an employee logged a small cut to a finger caused by a thorn in a protective glove; when the cut became septic through a bad infection he got full sick pay as the hospitalisation was through a work cause. Top tip: if there is not enough space to fully record the details of the incident write 'see overleaf' or 'continuation page attached' and ensure that you include the mechanism of injury (if known), the injuries sustained, first aid rendered and what happened next.

Finally, even if very little first aid is rendered, and the advice is 'if there is any increase in swelling and/or pain or if you continue to feel any discomfort I recommend that you see a doctor' OR if a casualty refuses a first aiders' advice and/or treatment - document this as it also covers your back.



Anaphylaxis Campaign - Leeds Support Group
Anaphylaxis Campaign Logo
The Allergy and Anaphylaxis Support Group has been really helpful for individuals and their families who have suffered a recent Anaphylaxis and want to find out more about how to manage their condition. A few folk have come to more that one meeting, but for most it seems that getting the information they need and being put in touch with others is what is most useful. Many thanks for Meanwood Valley Urban Farm for the free use of a meeting room for the group.

The support Group is for anyone who suffers from anaphylaxis or severe allergies and their friends/relatives who would like more information. On Facebook search for 'Allergy support group Leeds' and you should find us.
Out next meeting is on Sunday 11 June 2017 at 2pm at Meanwood Valley Urban Farm. Contact Helen for more details/to book or book directly with the Anaphylaxis Campaign.

Note: Helen is the Leeds Support Group host for the Anaphylaxis Campaign charity which is not linked with Underwood Training, but this newsletter is a great way to get the message out!.


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