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April 18, 2010

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Campaign – Highlighting the importance of first aid

St John Ambulance has launched a new campaign to highlight the importance of first aid knowledge after research revealed that 60 percent of people wouldn’t know what to do in an emergency situation.

The charity commissioned research to determine how many people are capable of administering first aid safely. The findings revealed that in the event of an emergency a quarter of workers would do nothing and would wait for an ambulance, and around a third would try and do first aid even though they aren’t sure what to do.

Just over a quarter of those asked said they would know what to do, but the research found that many of those would do the wrong thing, which may make the situation even worse.

After reviewing the findings St John Ambulance has launched a campaign to highlight the five most common scenarios when people need first aid. These include: severe bleeding, choking, heart attack, unconscious but breathing casually, and unconscious and not breathing. The charity is offering a free pocket-sized guide featuring first aid skills, which details how to handle these life-threatening situations.

St John Ambulance CEO Sue Killen comments: “We believe that anyone who needs first aid should receive it and yet, as our latest research shows, that’s not happening. This highlights that we can’t rely on other people to have the skills – everyone should take the responsibility to learn first aid themselves. Armed with this knowledge we can all be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.”

For more information on the campaign or to get a copy of the free pocket-sized guide visit

Approaches to managing the risks associated Musculoskeletal disorders

In this episode of the Safety & Health Podcast, we hear from Matt Birtles, Principal Ergonomics Consultant at HSE’s Science and Research Centre, about the different approaches to managing the risks associated with Musculoskeletal disorders.

Matt, an ergonomics and human factors expert, shares his thoughts on why MSDs are important, the various prevalent rates across the UK, what you can do within your own organisation and the Risk Management process surrounding MSD’s.

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