Amalgamate’s Two New Employees

Two new employees have recently joined our team at Amalgamate, helping the business to grow in the right direction and provide the highest quality of services. Joining our team is a new health and safety consultant and office administrator/first aid trainer.

 

Wendy Imrie

Office Administrator / First Aid Trainer

Wendy has worked within commercial operations for a large wholesale company over the past 10 years, proving to be a loyal and consistent performer. Her financial and analytical skills will play a crucial role within our company along with her experience in Sage line 50, Pegasus and Brandbank. Wendy will be taking on two roles within Amalgamate; office administrator and first aid trainer. 

“This is a fantastic Company to work with. Management and other employees are friendly and have made my first few weeks very enjoyable.”

David MacFarlane

Health and Safety Consultant

David started his career in the offshore oil industry as a roughneck and was introduced to the safety industry after being appointed Safety Rep for his drilling crew. Since leaving the oil industry, David has worked as a Senior Safety Professional within a range of sectors including semiconductor, aviation and many facets of construction. His experience in the profession has allows him to undertake various international contracts including Portugal, Taiwan, China, Russia, and Australia. David is GradIOSH, working towards chartered with further memberships of IEMA, IIRSM and APS. David will be joining Amalgamate as a health and safety consultant to help deliver our range of consultancy services.

“I am very happy to join the Amalgamate team and to help with present and future projects and clients. I am sure that my industry experience can help ensure continued success for the Amalgamate team.”

 

We look forward to seeing both David and Wendy grow within the company and help us to deliver all of our services to the highest standard.

 

Contact

 

If you’d like to get in touch about any of our services or have any questions, please contact us on t: +44 (0)141 244 0181 or e: info@amalgamate-safety.com

Key changes to First Aid

The procedures and steps advised on first aid courses are continuously reviewed and, where required, amended. Qualsafe Awards have recently released a summary of the key changes being made to the first aid curriculum. Our presentations will be updated to ensure we are providing candidates with the correct, up to date information and guidance. We have also ordered the updated first aid books that candidates receive to take home from their course. Below we will detail all the key changes to first aid that have been made so you can keep updated with the recommended course of action.

 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

The labelled image below should now be included showing the first aider wearing ‘level 2 PPE’ face mask, eye protection and disposable apron. Where appropriate, the casualty should also where a face mask.

key changes to first aid - personal protective equipment to be worn

 

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

A greater emphasis is to be placed on advising to call 999/112 on a speaker-phone so that CPR can be started while simultaneously talking to the ambulance call handler.

Additional advice has also been added when you have to perform CPR but are unable to move the casualty off a bed: Remove the pillows and kneel on the bed next to the casualty to give CPR (this helps to compress the mattress with your own weight). Increase your overall compression depth to compensate for the mattress compression.

 

Hygiene during resuscitation

Clarification should be made that a protective barrier such as a face shield or pocket mask will not fully protect from Covid-19.

 

Choking

A small change has been made to the text on choking recognition –

Advice amended from shout for help to: Shout for someone to call 999/112, or call on a speaker-phone if you can do this at the same as giving treatment.

‘Received abdominal thrusts’ is now added to reasons to seek immediate medical attention after treatment.

 

AVPU

P for pain changed to ‘Pressure’ to better reflect appropriate actions of a first aider. Text now reads: The casualty responds to pressure. Further text includes ‘Localises Pressure: The casualty is able to localise where pressure stimulus is being applied’ and ‘Responds to (but does not localise) Pressure: The casualty responds to pressure stimulus, but is unable to localise it.’

 

Recovery position

Additional advice update: The recovery position is intended for an unresponsive, uninjured casualty who is breathing normally and does NOT need CPR.

Recovery position – injured casualty

Updated advice: For an injured unconscious casualty, keep them still and continually monitor airway and breathing. Only use the recovery position if the airway is at risk (e.g. fluids in the airway, or you have to leave them to get help and therefore cannot continually monitor breathing).

 

Anaphylaxis – minor updates

Recognition: A rapid onset and rapid progression – becoming very ill, very quickly.

Treatment: The dose of adrenaline can be repeated after 5 minute intervals if there is no improvement or symptoms return.

 

Asthma treatment – minor updates

  • The casualty should take one puff of their reliever inhaler (usually blue) every 30-60 seconds for up to 10 puffs.
  • Call 999/112 for emergency help if they feel worse at any point or if they don’t feel better after 10 puffs.
  • The 10 puff inhaler routine can be repeated after a few minutes if the ambulance hasn’t arrived yet.

 

Stroke recognition

Other red flag symptoms added to aid recognition of other stroke systems that may not be identified with the FAST test:

  • Balance – sudden loss of balance, trouble walking, dizziness or loss of coordination;
  • Eyes – sudden vision loss, double vision or partial loss of vision in one or both eyes; and
  • Sudden severe headache, nausea or vomiting.

 

Control of bleeding – updated information

Pressure – ‘you may need to press into the wound.’ If a dressing gets saturated with blood, take it off and make sure you are applying direct pressure to the exact point of bleeding. Only re-dress it when the bleeding is controlled.

 

Wound packing

  • Emphasis that wound packing is for ‘life-threatening’ bleeding;
  • Additional emphasis on using improvised wound packing if necessary;
  • Abdomen removed from sites amiable to wound packing; and
  • Added text: DO NOT try to pack a chest wound.

 

Tourniquets – updated section

  • Emphasis that tourniquets are for ‘life-threatening’ bleeding from an arm or leg that cannot be controlled by applying manual pressure;
  • Place the tourniquet 5-7cm above the wound but not over a joint; and
  • DO NOT release a tourniquet, only a healthcare professional can do this.

 

Knocked out (adult) tooth – updated section

  • Handle the tooth at the tip, not the root;
  • If possible re-implant the tooth back in its socket. Ask the casualty to bite on a clean swab to hold the tooth in place;
  • If the tooth is visibly dirty, it can be rinsed under a tap for a maximum of 10 seconds;
  • If re-implanting the tooth is not possible wrap it in cling film or store it in cow’s milk; and
  • Arrange urgent transfer to a dentist.

 

Spinal injury

Treatment – emphasis change to allow a conscious casualty to protect their own neck and allow them to exit a vehicle if needed and they are able.

Recovery position – increased emphasis on the need to keep an unconscious breathing casualty still and only use the recovery position if the airway is at risk.

 

Body temperature

Advice on using a mercury thermometer removed and topic replaced with advice on recognising infection in relation to high body temperature. Modern, easy to use thermometers are now available, such as disposable strips that are placed on the forehead or thermometers that read a temperature from the ear.

 

Heat stroke – updated section

Recognition

  • Elevated body temperatures;
  • Confusion, agitation, disorientation;
  • Seizures;
  • Throbbing headache;
  • Lowered levels of response leading to unconsciousness;
  • Nausea, vomiting; and
  • Flushed, hot, dry skin (no sweating).

Treatment

  • Remove the casualty from the heat source;
  • Call 999/112 for emergency help;
  • Cool the casualty rapidly, using fastest method available

A paddling pool can be used to immerse the casualty in cold water from the neck down.

 

Sepsis and meningitis

Improved layout of recognition table

 

Contact

 

If you would like any more information about these changes, or are interested in learning first aid, please get in touch on +44 (0)141 244 0181 or info@amalgamate-safety.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

What3words: Find any location with just 3 words

What3words is a piece of technology designed to enable users to provide a precise location, anywhere and at any time. Street addresses can’t specify building entrances and often don’t exist for parks and rural areas. This poses danger in an emergency if someone cannot accurately describe where they are. Many companies across the world now use what3words within their business including Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi Motors, Hermes Parcels, AA and even some of the emergency services UK.

 

How does it work?

Street addresses don’t always point to precise locations, so what3words have allocated a unique 3 word address to every 3m square in the world. These 3 words are assigned at random and will never change. You can either download the app for free on your phone or use their website. The app will be able to detect your location and from there give you the 3 word address for that exact position. You can also search locations anywhere across the world to find out their 3 word address.

An example of precise locations using what3words

When can you use it?

There’s many different ways this technology can be used, including:

  • Planning activities e.g. running, cycling, hiking;
  • Sharing locations;
  • Deliveries to exact locations;
  • Finding destinations anywhere across the world; and
  • Getting help faster in an emergency.

To conclude

As a health and safety company, we believe a piece of technology like this could be life saving in an emergency. It might be that you download the app and never use it, but we think it’s worth having it on your phone so you are prepared should you ever find yourself in an emergency situation.

Check out our latest post here!

 

Ryze Trampoline Parks: Emergency First Aid at Work

 

The entrance to Ryze Ultimate Trampoline Park Edinburgh

The entrance to Ryze Ultimate Trampoline Park Edinburgh

We were delighted to provide more of our first aid training courses to the team at Ryze Edinburgh at the weekend, along with a few employees who travelled from their Dundee location. At Amalgamate, we strive to be flexible for our clients; that’s why we delivered our training on a Sunday evening so as not to interrupt their business hours.

Over the last 4 years we have developed a solid partnership with Ryze and we’re looking forward to continue providing their company with a range of our health and safety services.

Our Emergency First Aid at Work course gives employees skills in basic first aid treatment, covering care for low level incidents through to life-preserving techniques in the event of an emergency. Candidates will learn how to deal with wounds, burns, stroke, shock, choking as well as learn how to perform CPR and use an automated external defibrillator (AED).

Due to the high risk nature of the work/activities carried out at Ryze, we adjust the course content as necessary. This involves the addition of dealing with a suspected spinal or head injury.

All candidates passed the course so will now be qualified to assist and handle any first aid emergencies in the workplace.

You can read more about our partnership with Ryze here!

 

Contact

 

If you are interested in finding out more about the health and safety services we can offer for your business, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on t: + 44 (0)141 244 0181 or e: info@amalgamate-safety.com

Musculoskeletal Care: The Home Office

 

Introduction

 

The current pandemic hasn’t only caused a wave of Covid-19 cases – it has also caused a wave in musculoskeletal disorders/conditions. Under the present circumstances, our working environment is continuously changing and businesses and organisations will need support in adapting to these changes. Below we’ll give you some tips on how to handle the musculoskeletal care of your employees.

 

DSE Assessments: Display Screen Equipment

 

The majority of us use our phones, computers and other electronic devices for a large portion of our day so it’s important that we’re using them correctly. DSE assessments allow employers to assess whether employees are utilising their work equipment safely. These assessments may cover:

  • Work equipment
  • Work environment
  • Interface between user and equipment

You can find out more about the DSE assessments that we offer here.

 

the correct sitting position at your workstation to support musculoskeletal care when working from home

Correct sitting position for your workspace

Posture

 

Working from home may mean that some employees are sat at their own DIY desk for multiple hours a day. While there may be thousands of ergonomic chairs and desks available to purchase, we understand that not everyone has the money to purchase these items. We have a full post about creating an ergonomic workspace that you can read here for more information.

This infographic from Yorbik details how to achieve the correct sitting posture at your workstation.

We also have an Adobe Spark Page dedicated to ergonomic workspaces which you can see here.

 

Conclusion

 

There are a few simple ways to support your employees musculoskeletal care but if you require professional assistance or would like to have a chat about steps you can take, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can contact us on t: +44 (0)141 244 0181 or e: info@amalgamate-safety.com

 

We’re hiring! Health & Safety Consultant

At Amalgamate we’re hiring a new Health and Safety Consultant to help service our expanding portfolio of clients. We need an enthusiastic, confident and self‐motivated individual, who is comfortable working unsupervised to deliver health, safety and fire consultancy services to clients from a wide range of sectors.

Candidates must:

  • be NEBOSH Diploma Qualified or equivalent;
  • have a Chartered Membership of IOSH or demonstrate that they are working towards it;
  • be able to work safely in a range of environments, and both recognise and make timely and sensible decisions in regard to health and safety risks to themselves and others;
  • be able to work unsupervised and organise their work‐load effectively, producing reports and other outputs to deadlines;
  • possess an appreciation of the need for commercial awareness and the skills required to manage client relationships; and
  • be able to give sensible, practical advice, clearly expressed and tailored to the needs of clients. 

Ideally, the candidate will also:

  • Have 5-10 years of health, safety and fire consultancy experience;
  • Relevant fire safety qualification (such as NEBOSH (fire), FPA qualifications or CFPA diploma);
  • Ideally registered with one of the recognised schemes identified within the Fire Risk Assessment Competency Council Criteria;
  • NEBOSH Construction Qualified; 
  • Have a working knowledge of construction safety and the CDM regulations 2015 (Principal Designer / Client’s CDM Advisor roles).

We will be particularly interested in what steps you have taken to build on the foundation of your professional qualifications and put your knowledge into practice, develop commercial skills as a consultant, and seek managerial responsibility.

The role will be based in Glasgow, but candidates must be willing and able to travel around the country, and in some cases, further afield. The salary range for this role is £32-40k, dependant on experience and skills.

Amalgamate is a small, dynamic company, and works very much as a team. We pride ourselves on doing great work with interesting organisations including craft breweries, global software companies and rising stars in the construction and design world.

We’re looking for a person who can fit in with our company values, and work energetically with us to grow the business further. 

Contact

If you believe that you fit the bill, and would be an asset to the Amalgamate team, then please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter to careers@amalgamate-safety.com We look forward to hearing from you.

First Aid Training during Covid-19

Introduction

 

The HSE have released another update on first aid training during Covid-19. Below we lay out the changes that have been made as well as the guidance remaining in place to keep you and your business safe. The following guidance came in place on January 15 2021.

 

In England

 

The HSE policy is that first aid training require to comply with health and safety or other legislation can continue to take place under relevant coronavirus restrictions in England. All possible measures must be taken to ensure that both training activities and environment are Covid-19 secure. Premises currently closed to the public under current restrictions may be considered for use as training venues providing conditions above are adhered to.

The HSE’s current guidance on first aid certificate extensions covers all of GB and remains unaltered.

 

In Scotland

 

The Scottish Government has informed HSE that first aid training can be permitted under current Covid-19 restrictions, given:

  • The training is a required part of the work/operation of the business commissioning the training
  • Other requirements for businesses and individuals under the current restrictions are met
  • All controls necessary are in place to comply with relevant Covid-19 regulations and guidance published by the Scottish Government

Premises currently closed to the public under current restrictions may be considered for use as training venues providing conditions above are adhered to.

The HSE’s current guidance on first aid certificate extensions covers all of GB and remains unaltered.

 

In Wales

 

The Welsh Government has informed HSE that first aid training can be permitted under current Covid-19 restrictions, given:

  • The training is a required part of the work/operation of the business commissioning the training
  • Other requirements for businesses and individuals under the current restrictions are met
  • All controls necessary are in place to comply with relevant Covid-19 regulations and guidance published by the Welsh Government

Premises currently closed to the public under current restrictions may be considered for use as training venues providing conditions above are adhered to. Authority to open premises for first aid training can be obtained from the relevant local authority to appropriate department of the Welsh Government.

The HSE’s current guidance on first aid certificate extensions covers all of GB and remains unaltered.

 

To Conclude

 

You can read the HSE’s full update here.

You can also see the training courses we have available here.

 

Covid-19 Fogging: Ayrshire Tree Surgeons

Background

We’ve recently been on site at Ayrshire Tree Surgeons to carry out Covid-19 fogging in some of their offices and corridors. Below, we will give you some information about fogging and how it can help your business as we battle the spread of Covid-19.

 

What is Covid-19 fogging?

Fogging is a process ensuring that those parts of your workplace which are most often in contact with people are thoroughly disinfected. Disinfectant is sprayed using a fogging machine and is effective in disinfecting hard to reach surfaces, areas often missed or forgotten and confined spaces. Fogging is an additional measure that should be used following general cleaning and disinfection.

You can read more about fogging from BioHygiene here.

We also have a page about our environmental cleaning services you can read here.

 

To conclude

At Amalgamate, we arrange and provide both preventative and reactive disinfection. We also provide Covid-19 compliance audits, including advice on appropriate signage, risk assessments, safe methods of communication, social distancing and more. These services have allowed us to mitigate the risk of contamination at a number of our clients premises and protect the health and safety of essential staff, visitors and contractors.

 

If your company could benefit from our fogging services or any of our other Covid-19 compliance services, please get in touch on t: +44 (0)141 244 0181 or e: info@amalgamate-safety.com

Meet our New Team Members

Introduction

We want you to meet our two new team members joining us at Amalgamate. A happy, well-knit team is highly important to us and we think that Jay and Lauren will be a perfect addition with their vast skill set and experience. We want to keep you up to date with our team so you know the faces behind the amazing work that we at Amalgamate provide.

 

Jay Nicholson

Health and Safety Consultant

 

Jay Nicholson is our new Health and Safety Consultant, he is a self-motivated individual who has achieved an astonishing number of qualifications and certificates throughout his health and safety career. For 8 years, Jay worked as a Managing Director and Trainer for a training company which provided first aid and health and safety courses. From 2007 to 2019, Jay served as an operational firefighter and temporary crew commander. His other roles have included a health and safety compliance manager for a hotel company and a health and safety consultant. These roles make Jay the perfect addition to our team, his vast experience in the health and safety sector as well as his clear dedication to providing excellence make him an invaluable asset to Amalgamate.

 

 

Lauren Bell

Training Administrator

Lauren Bell is taking on a new role within our company as Training Administrator. She is a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual and with over 4 years of experience in the service industry, Lauren has a proven ability to adapt to past-paced, changing environments and a dedication to provide first-class customer service, a perfect addition to Amalgamate.

We’re hiring again! Amalgamate is also looking for a part-time office administrator, you can find out more here. If you want to get in touch or have any questions about the services we provide, please contact us on t: +44 (0)141 244 0181 or e: info@amalgamate-safety.com