Castle Hill Training News and Updates
The general rule for duty holders or owners of buildings constructed after the year 2000 is to presume that there isn’t any asbestos located on their premises.
However, it is still good practice to remain aware of the possibility of the fibrous material being present in places such as:
· Old electrical equipment that has been transported into the building.
· If post-2000 premises, sites are built on existing basements or linked to adjoining structures.
· Stockpiled ACM’s used in the construction or maintenance of the building.
For more information on Asbestos attend Castle Hill’s free Zoom video conferencing Asbestos Awareness training class on Friday the 5th of June 9.30am to 11.30am, email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
So, you have discovered some asbestos on your site. Here is what you do next.
Bearing in mind you should never touch or disturb asbestos, do a risk assessment that answers three questions.
If not, then some action may be required to control the risk. Speak to an ACAD or ARCA licensed contractor about the next step. Legally not all types of work on asbestos require the contractor to be licensed but the safety standards, insurance, supervision and training requirements mean this is usually the most practical approach.
To help further Castle Hill Training are running a free asbestos awareness training course by video conference on the 5th of June between 9.30 am and 11.30 am to register email email@example.com
Free asbestos awareness training delivered by video conference over Zoom on the 5th of June 2020 between 9.30 AM and 11.30AM.
To register email firstname.lastname@example.org
The course includes the following topics:
At the end of the course, there will be an online multiple-choice assessment completed using Microsoft Forms.
How long does the Asbestos Awareness certificate last?
On successful completion of this course, you will receive an asbestos awareness certificate which is valid for three years.
How long does the training take?
The training course runs for approximately two hours.
You’ve discovered a fire at home and rang the emergency services but you are trapped and can't get out. Here's what you do
Water fire extinguishers are extremely common this is because they are the cheapest to buy, replace and refill. Using water as the extinguishing agent is cost effective, good for the environment and safe because they don’t release any toxic agents just water.
Who should use them?
Water fire extinguishers are commonly found in shops and warehouses, due to the high level of packaging, paper, wood and fabric in the stock.
However, many other businesses choose to have a water fire extinguisher present simply because they will be cheaper to use and replace than multi-class extinguishers.
How do they work?
Remember the fire triangle? Fires need heat, fuel and oxygen. Water fire extinguishers work by cooling the fire down, thus removing heat from the combustion. One of the key benefits of water fire extinguishers is reducing the likelihood of re-ignition.
What about water additive fire extinguishers?
These extinguishers have a special additive chemical in the water. This additive increases the flame knock-down rate. So if you have a water extinguisher and water additive fire extinguisher that are the same size, the water fire extinguisher will have a higher fire rating, and will therefore be able to fight a larger fire more effectively. However water additive fire extinguishers are more expensive to buy and refill.
Don’t use water extinguishers on electrical appliances
Don’t use water fire extinguishers on electrical appliances; remember, water and electricity do not mix well.
Don’t use water extinguishers on hot fat fires
Water and cooking oil/grease don’t mix either. Use a water extinguisher to fight a kitchen fire, and you’ll simply end up spreading it further.
Don’t use water extinguishers on flammable liquid fires
Water and liquids don’t mix either, again the water will act as an accelerant spreading the fire.
How to recognise them
Water fire extinguishers can be easily identified by their white label and red writing. Water additive fire extinguishers use the converse colours; a red label with white writing.
In order to support our customers during the Covid Crises Castle Hill Training is offering free Fire Warden Training delivered by Video Conference (Zoom).
Staff are allowed to train while on furlough and this half day course is available to all Castle Hill LinkedIn connections and customers for free. In order to help those who need help most we would ask that priority is given to Key Workers, staff on furlough or anyone who has lost their job during the crisis and that organisations restrict their delegates to three per class. To book a place email email@example.com
Course Key Facts
Students successfully completing this half day course will be able act as a Fire Warden (Fire Marshall) in their workplace. However, for a Fire Warden (Fire Marshall) to be competent they also have to familiarise themselves with their site and their organisation's fire safety procedures. The course fully complies with The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
Course Contents/Learner Outcomes
- Role of the Fire Warden or Fire Marshall
- Understanding Fire
- Fire Prevention
- Fire Evacuation Procedures
- Fire Extinguishers and Fire Blankets
Successful students will be awarded a CHT Level 2 Fire Warden certificate which will remain valid for three years, is nationally recognised and qualifies for 3 C.P.D. hours. Assessment, accreditation and internal quality assurance are provided in accordance with The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
Other useful course information
Course duration 3 hours.
The normal cost is £65 per student or a group booking at your site (for up to 15 students) is just £295. However this course will be delivered via video conference to key workers, furloughed staff or anyone who has lost their job during the crises for free. In order to allow as many people as possible to benefit we ask that organisations limit their delegates to three per class.
Students are assessed by an online multiple choice test.
The course requires students to be able to read and write English, if this going to be a barrier to learning please contact the training company well in advance of the course to discuss how support can be provided.
Hay fever is an allergic reaction to the pollen released by grass, trees and weeds. When the pollen grains come into contact with the cells that line your eyes, mouth, nose and throat they can cause irritation and trigger an allergic reaction. You can develop Hay fever at any age, though some people find that the symptoms become milder as they get older.
Signs and symptoms
Staying indoors and closing windows when the pollen count is high.
Showering/Bathing and changing your clothes if you have been outside.
Wearing wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting in your eyes.
Applying a very small amount of Vaseline to the nasal openings to trap the pollen.
Treatment over the counter medicine
There are a range of over the counter medicines available for hay fever but speak to your pharmacist before purchasing as some can make you very drowsy, cause side effects or interfere with medications that you are already using.
When to see your GP about hay fever
If the over the counter medicine isn’t working or is causing difficult side effects.
If your hay fever is making your asthma worse.
If you suspect the hay fever symptoms aren’t being triggered by pollen and that you may be having an allergic reaction to something else.
Insect stings are painful but not usually dangerous. However, sometimes they can trigger anaphylactic shock which is a severe allergic reaction and will require immediate medical attention.
Signs of an Insect Sting
If you can see the sting carefully scrape it off the skin with the edge of plastic card (like a credit card). Don’t use tweezers or your fingers to grip the sting and pull it out as you will inject more toxin into the casualty.
Put something cold like an ice pack on to the stung area to reduce the swelling and if possible elevate the part of the body that is affected. If the pain or swelling persists call 111 for medical advice.
If the sting is in the mouth give the casualty an ice cube to suck on or sips of cold water.
When to Call for an Ambulance?
If the casualty has any difficulty breathing.
If you notice signs of a severe allergic reaction (especially swelling of the lips, face or neck ).
If the casualty presents pale cold clammy skin and feels sick/dizzy/thirsty.
Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke, what’s the difference?
Heat Exhaustion is the body’s response to dehydration, most commonly caused by working or exercising in hot conditions. It can usually be treated by a First Aider, but if left untreated it can rapidly develop into life threatening Heat Stroke(in which case call for an ambulance immediately).
Heat Stroke is when the temperature control in the brain fails, the body is unable to cool down and the causalities core temperature can reach very dangerous levels within 10 to 15 minutes. This can be caused by prolonged exposure to high temperatures or fevers.
Recognising Heat Exhaustion