First Aid Policy

First Aid Policy


It is a mandatory requirement of working at Wimbledon School of English that all staff members are fully conversant with this policy and any failure to observe this policy may result in disciplinary action. If you have any concerns regarding any health and safety issues on the premises you have a legal obligation to report these concerns to your line manager or Jane Dancaster (Principal) immediately.

Wimbledon School of English (WSE) recognises the importance of First Aid in saving lives and preventing minor injuries becoming major ones. To this end, and in line with its responsibilities under health and safety legislation to provide adequate and appropriate equipment and facilities for providing first aid in the workplace, WSE has developed the following First Aid Policy.

  • To provide a suitably stocked first-aid container in all school locations where staff and students are permanently located. See Appendix A for locations and contents.
  • To provide 3 (three) travelling first-aid containers to be carried to locations where staff and students are temporarily located. See Appendix A for locations and contents.
  • To appoint a person to take charge of first aid arrangements. See Appendix A for the current incumbent.
  • To provide information for employees on first-aid arrangements. See appendix A for where this information is kept/displayed.
  • To appoint and train 3 (three) First-Aiders who will:
  1. complete an (HSE) approved training course.
  2. be responsible for giving immediate help to casualties with common injuries or illnesses and those arising from specific hazards at school.
  3. Where necessary, ensure that an ambulance or other professional medical help is called.

See Appendix A (below) for details & duties of First-Aiders.

  • To maintain readily accessible accident records for 3 years, as required by law. These will include the date, time and place of the incident; what first aid was given; what happened to the person immediately after the incident and, the name and signature of the First-Aider or person dealing with the incident. See Appendix A for the location of the Accident Book. Accident records will include “Reportable” accidents i.e. details of accidents, injuries and diseases which must be reported to the HSE. See Appendix B for details of reportable incidents.
  • To provide First Aid accommodation for medical treatment. See Appendix A for details.
  • To isolate and clear up spillages of blood, vomit and excreta safely See Appendix C for details
  • To dispose of needles and sharp objects safely See Appendix C for details.
  • To provide hand washing facilities for all staff, students and visitors.

WSE FIRST AID POLICY – APPENDIX A 

The First Aid Box is located in the main school RECEPTION at 39-41 Worple Road and contains:

  • A leaflet giving general advice on first aid.
  • Twenty individually wrapped sterile adhesive dressings (assorted sizes).
  • Two sterile eye pads.
  • Two individually wrapped triangular bandages.
  • Six safety pins.
  • Two large (18cm x 18cm) individually wrapped, sterile, unmedicated wound dressings
  • Six medium-sized (12cm x 12cm) individually wrapped sterile unmedicated wound dressings.
  • Microporous tape
  • Emergency First Aid Burn Dressing
  • One pair of disposable gloves

Travelling First Aid boxes Two of the Travelling First Aid Boxes are located in The First Aid cupboard in Reception at 39-41 Worple Road. Each box contains:

  • A leaflet giving general advice on first-aid.
  • Six individually wrapped sterile adhesive dressings.
  • One large sterile unmedicated wound dressing (18cm x 18cm).
  • One medium sterile unmedicated wound dressing (12cm x 12cm)
  • Two triangular bandages.
  • Four safety pins.
  • 6 Individually wrapped moist cleansing wipes.
  • One sterile eye pad
  • Sterile eye wash
  • Microporous tape
  • One pair of disposable gloves
  • One pair clothing scissors

The third travelling first aid box (for sports usage) is kept in RECEPTION (under the SPO’s desk) It contains:

  • A leaflet giving general advice on first-aid.
  • Six individually wrapped sterile adhesive dressings.
  • One 7.5cm x 4.5 cm sterile crepe bandage
  • Two medium sterile unmedicated wound dressing (12cm x 12cm)
  • Two triangular bandages.
  • Four safety pins.
  • 6 Individually wrapped moist cleansing wipes.
  • One sterile eye pad
  • Sterile eye wash
  • Microporous tape
  • One pair of disposable gloves
  • One foil blanket
  • Emergency burns gel
  • One pair clothing scissors

The person appointed to take charge of first aid arrangements is the Health and Safety Officer.

The person appointed to organise first aid training is the Student Services Manager.

Information for employees on first-aid arrangements is kept/displayed in the Teachers’ Room

The trained first aider(s) are: DUNCAN MACINNES & JULIAN OAKLEY, (Main School Building) FABIANA OTTINO (Tuition House)

  • An up to date list should be displayed on noticeboards.
  • First Aiders are responsible for answering calls for assistance, providing support within their competency and for summoning further support if necessary. The names of the designated first aiders are listed on noticeboards positioned around the building.

The Role of the First Aider

  • Attend all calls for first aid assistance
  • Ensure their own safety at all times
  • Provide assistance at all times in compliance with their ‘First Aid at Work’ training
  • First Aid Officers must be aware of the limits of their competency and when to call for an ambulance/assistance
  • Take charge of the casualty until a satisfactory level of recovery has been achieved or until the emergency services have arrived
  • Ensure that the condition of the casualty does not deteriorate as far as reasonably practicable by implementing their first aid training
  • Refer the patient on to hospital or to their own GP as appropriate if they are in the opinion that further treatment/attention is required
  • Ensure an accident report is completed by the patient or on their behalf as appropriate
  • Keep designated first aid boxes fully stocked and ensure that all items are within their expiry date
  • Report any problems to Student Services Manager
  • Casualty Transport by Taxi.  If further medical treatment is needed, private transportation is not available and the medical circumstances are deemed to be insufficiently serious to warrant deployment of an ambulance then a taxi should be called. A friend or colleague should accompany the casualty and return travel should also be arranged.

First Aid Accommodation Students who are feeling unwell should be taken to the Garden Room. If applicable they can remain there (with the WSE First Aider) while waiting for a taxi or ambulance, or if they wish to rest.

The Accident book is kept in Reception. The Principal should be informed immediately of any significant accidents or illnesses.

The nearest Emergency and Casualty Departments are at:

St Georges Hospital Blackshaw Road Tooting SW17 0QT

Kingston Hospital Galsworthy Road Kingston upon Thames KT2 7QB

Eye Casualty (open 08.30 –16.00)

Kingston Hospital (as above)

Other Useful Details:

Minor Injuries Unit (open 8.00-20.00) Queen Mary’s Hospital Roehampton Lane SW15 5PN

NHS Walk-in Centre (open 07.00-22.00) St George’s Hospital Blackshaw Road Tooting SW17 0QT

NHS Direct (24 hour telephone advice service) Tel: 0845 464 7123

Basic Advice on First Aid at Work For basic advice on first aid at work click below: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg347.pdf

WSE FIRST AID POLICY – APPENDIX B – REPORTABLE INCIDENTS

Under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) some accidents that occur in schools or during educational activities elsewhere, must be reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the body responsible for enforcing health and safety law.

If employees or self-employed persons working on premises suffer injury, accidents must be reported to the HSE if they: prevent the injured person from continuing at his/her normal work for more than three consecutive days, (excluding the day of the accident), or result in death or major injury. Major injuries include:

  • fractures, except to fingers, thumbs or toes
  • amputation
  • dislocation of the shoulder, hip, knee or spine
  • temporary or permanent loss of sight
  • a penetrating injury/chemical/hot metal burn to the eye
  • electric shock or electrical burn resulting in unconsciousness or requiring resuscitation or admittance to hospital for more than 24 hours
  • loss of consciousness caused by asphyxia, or exposure to harmful substances or biological agents
  • acute illness requiring medical treatment caused by exposure to a biological agent or its toxins or infected material
  • any other injury which results in admittance to hospital for more than 24 hours, hypothermia, heat induced illness, unconsciousness or the need for resuscitation.

Accidents to employees are work-related if they are attributable to:

  • work organisation (e.g. the supervision of a school trip)
  • the condition of the premises
  • plant or substances (e.g. machinery, experiments, etc)
  • acts of physical violence to employees (not students).

As far as students and other people who are not at work (e.g. parents, agents) are concerned, an accident must be reported if the person involved is killed or taken to hospital and the accident arises in connection with work.

Jane Dancaster is responsible for reporting accidents to the HSE.

Fatal Injuries

If any person dies as a result of an accident arising out of or in connection with work the reporting person should inform the Principal and call ‘999’. The accident scene must not be disturbed and should be cordoned off. Fatal accidents, major injuries and dangerous occurrences must be reported without delay (e.g. by telephone). Within the next 10 days this should be followed up by a report in writing. Records will be kept for three years on form F2508.

Reporting an incident

All incidents / accidents can be reported to a national call centre rather than direct to the enforcing authority. This can be done in a number of ways:

  • by post: The Incident Contact Centre, Caerphilly Business Park, Caerphilly CF83 3GG
  • by telephone: 0845 300 9923
  • by fax: 0845 300 9924
  • by email: riddor@natbrit.com
  • on the Internet: www.riddor.gov.uk
  • or via the HSE website www.hse.gov.uk

 

WSE FIRST AID POLICY – APPENDIX C: POLICY ON SPILLAGES OF BLOOD, VOMIT AND EXCRETA & SAFE DISPOSAL OF NEEDLES AND SHARP OBJECTS

Policy on Spillages of Blood, Vomit and Excreta/Cleaning up Spillages of Blood, Vomit and Excreta NB – gloves/apron/clinical yellow bags are kept in Reception Bleach is in the laundry room & detergent & antibacterial soap are kept in the basement The infection control procedure is as follows:

Contact Gvidas Seibutis immediately

 Keep people away from the contaminated area

  • Cover all breaks in the skin with waterproof plasters
  • Wear disposable blue nitrile gloves and a disposable apron
  • Where splashing is possible, protect eyes and mouth with a visor
  • Avoid hand-mouth contact and hand-eye contact

 For blood spills:

  • Use diluted bleach (1 part bleach to 10 parts water) in a bucket of warm water
  • Carefully pour the dilute mixture gently over the spill
  • Cover with disposable towels
  • After 2 minutes mop up using more disposable towels
  • Dispose of any used gloves, aprons, mop heads and cloths into the clinical yellow bag and seal it
  • Wash hands thoroughly with antibacterial soap and water

For vomit and excreta spills:

  • Remove gross contamination using plenty of paper towels
  • Clean affected area with detergent
  • Dispose of all waste into a clinical yellow bag and seal the bag
  • Wash hands thoroughly with antibacterial soap and water

For Urine Spillages:

  • Do not use bleach as this may result in a dangerous chemical reaction Use paper towels to mop up the urine
  • Clean the area with detergent
  • Dispose of all waste into clinical yellow bags
  • Dispose of any used gloves, aprons, mop heads and cloths into the clinical yellow bag and seal it
  • Wash hands thoroughly with antibacterial soap and water

For Safe Disposal of Contaminated Sharps, used Needles, etc: 

  • Handle sharps/needles with care. If possible pick up from the non-contaminated/non-sharp end.  Make use of tweezers if available
  • Dispose of sharps into a sharps box
  • Any other items that may be contaminated by blood or body fluids should be disposed of into a yellow clinical waste bag and sealed
  • Wash hands thoroughly with antibacterial soap and water

 

 

 

 

 

November 2017

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