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September 16, 2020

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Training firm issues first aid certificate extension reminder

Ouch Training has reminded businesses and individuals to complete their first aid refresher course before the original qualification expires this month.

Ouch Training Sani ManikinIn response to the coronavirus pandemic, the HSE permitted those that hold a first aid certificate that expired on or after Monday 16 March, an extension to requalify by Wednesday 30 September.

The extension allowed individuals to take an updated course and educate themselves on COVID-19 modifications to normal first aid procedures, while also providing a refresher of existing First Aid skills.

To facilitate COVID-Secure teaching, Ouch has purchased sixteen sani-manikins which include one-use disposable lung systems. This will ensure clean and hygienic usage between delegates, so that learning can be facilitated in a safe environment. To enable the safety of both delegates and staff members, social distancing guidelines will be adhered to throughout the sessions, with clear markers placed around the premises.

Simon Cassin, CEO of Ouch Training, said: “We know people retain information more effectively through hands on learning, therefore it’s essential that we can offer delegates an interactive learning experience. The design of the sani-manikins ensures individuals can learn essential first aid skills through a series of practical scenarios, simulating as close to real life experiences as possible.”

This investment builds on the company’s decision to offer a blended learning approach for its courses, in response to the current times. This means that Ouch now delivers its courses by combining online teaching with traditional classroom-based methods, to provide a rounded learning experience. The initial First Aid at Work course involves two days of face-to-face learning, alongside one day of online training. With the First aid at work re-qualification course comprising of four hours online and eight hours face-to-face.

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