Hand & Arm Vibration Syndrome

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome Overview:

This short course provides you with an introduction to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome, otherwise known as HAVS.

The course starts by establishing exactly what Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome is, before providing a detailed description of the symptoms and consequences of the disorder.

It then provides an overview of the equipment and work-related situations most likely to pose a risk of HAVS, and the exposure values that must be complied with by law.

Following this, the course covers the practical steps you can take to reduce the risk of HAVS, and looks at the law with regards to HAVS, including the responsibilities that both employees and employers must comply with in order to reduce the risk.

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome Target Audience:

This Managing Occupational Health online course is aimed at supervisors and managers who are responsible for the health and wellbeing of their employees.

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome E-Learning Advantages

Understanding the risks and how to protect yourself from vibrating power tools.

Online training is flexible, efficient and cost-effective, so candidates can progress through the modules at their own pace, in their own time, making it easy to fit the training around their work and personal life.

Number of modules: 6

Course Duration: 40 Minutes 
(Note: This is based on the video content shown and is rounded off. It does not account in any way for loading time or thinking time on the questions)

Course Price: £35

Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER)

PUWER Course Overview:

This online E-Learning PUWER short course provides you with an introduction to the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, otherwise known as PUWER. During this online PUWER course you will learn about the types of equipment that fall under this legislation along with the common hazards, equipment inspections and maintenance.

This short PUWER online course provides you with an introduction to the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, otherwise known as PUWER.

The E-Learning PUWER course starts by explaining the purpose of PUWER, and then turns to look at the types of equipment that fall under this legislation. This is followed by an explanation as to the responsibilities both employers and employees have under the regulations.

Next, this online PUWER course explores the common hazards associated with the use of work equipment; before moving on to look at different methods of guarding available to keep you safe from injury.

Finally, the PUWER E-Learning course explores the requirements with respect to equipment inspection and maintenance under the regulations.

PUWER Target Audience

This online PUWER E-Learning course is aimed at anyone in the workplace that uses machinery. This could include site supervisors or managers.

PUWER E-Learning Advantages

This E-Learning PUWER course will help with the understanding how work equipment is maintained safe for use, in a safe condition and suitable for the intended use.

Online training is flexible, efficient and cost effective meaning the candidate can progress through the modules at their own pace and in their own time, so they can fit the training around their work and personal life

Number of modules: 6

Course Duration: 35 Minutes 
(Note: This is based on the video content shown and is rounded off. It does not account in any way for loading time or thinking time on the questions)

Course Price: £35

Ladder Safety

Ladder Safety Course Overview:

This online E-Learning course provides a detailed exploration into ladder safety.

During this online Ladder Safety course you will learn about the different types of ladders, how to check and secure a ladder, and what a competent person looks at during a ladder inspection along with the laws that govern ladder safety,

The Ladder Safety E-Learning course begins with a look at the laws that govern ladder safety, before moving on to explain how to check a ladder, and what a competent person looks at during a ladder inspection. 

The online Ladder Safety course continues with a study of the different types of ladders you may come across in your role, and how they must be used. 

Next, the E-Learning Ladder Safety course covers when and where a ladder can be used, and how it needs to be secured for use, before finishing with a look at some common ladder mistakes.

Ladder Safety Target Audience

This E-Learning Ladder Safety course is aimed at all industries and individuals that use ladders. This could include site supervisors or managers.

Ladder Safety E-Learning Advantages

Understanding the risks and how to protect yourself when using ladders will ensure you handle and work with them safely.

Online training is flexible, efficient and cost effective meaning the candidate can progress through the modules at their own pace and in their own time, so they can fit the training around their work and personal life

Number of modules: 5

Course Duration: 30 Minutes 
(Note: This is based on the video content shown and is rounded off. It does not account in any way for loading time or thinking time on the questions)

Course Price: £35

Lock Out / Tag Out (LOTO)

Lock Out / Tag Out Overview:

This online E-Learning course provides an overview of Lockout/tagout (LOTO) – the safety practices and procedures that ensure dangerous machines are properly shut off during service, repair or maintenance.

The LOTO online course begins by describing what a lock out / tag out system is, detailing its purpose, and what it involves.
This E-Learning course on LOTO then moves on to the types of hazard exposures that might require lock out / tag out, and follows this with a look at the laws associated with lock out / tag out, and the responsibilities that you, and your employer, have under these regulations.

Finally, the E-Learning course on LOTO sets out a six-step process you need to follow to ensure a safe lock out / tag out.

Lock Out / Tag Out Target Audience

This online E-Learning course on LOTO is aimed at anyone involved with the service, repair or maintenance of machinery or equipment that can unexpectedly release hazardous energy if it is not shut down and isolated correctly. This online course is also relevant to the employees working alongside these people and their supervisors and managers.

Lock Out / Tag Out E-Learning Advantages

Knowledge of the reasons for a Lockout / Tagout system and awareness of the dangers of not implementing correctly reduces the chances of LOTO accident occurring.

Online training is flexible, efficient and cost effective meaning the candidate can progress through the modules at their own pace and in their own time, so they can fit the training around their work and personal life.


Number of modules: 3

Course Duration: 25 Minutes 
(Note: This is based on the video content shown and is rounded off. It does not account in any way for loading time or thinking time on the questions)

Course Price: £35

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Make your Christmas memorable for the right reasons

According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), more than 6,000 people will end up in hospital on Christmas Day and over the Christmas period more than 80,000 people visit A&E and these numbers appear to be rising.

Not only is there an increase in admissions due to common winter illnesses, hospitals in the UK see thousands of people treated for Christmas-related injuries. Christmas sees injuries from knives, trips (e.g. from fairy light wires), food poisoning and burns. With serious incidents such as house fires also being more common than during other times in the year; People are 50% more likely to die in a house fire over Christmas than at any other time of year.

Approximately 350 people a year are hurt by Christmas tree lights, according to RoSPA. Injuries include people falling while they’re putting them up, children swallowing the bulbs, and people getting electric shocks and burns from faulty lights. RoSPA’s advice is to ‘Test your lights and the wiring before you put them up, as they can deteriorate over the years. If you have old lights, buy new ones that meet higher safety standards, don’t overload sockets, as that’s a fire risk.’

To put these risks into perspective, here are just a few Christmas accident statistics:

– Since 1996, 31 people have died from watering their Christmas tree with the lights plugged in

– 1 in 10 people burn themselves while setting fire to Christmas pudding

– 350 people a year are hurt by Christmas tree lights

– 1,000 people a year are hurt when decorating their homes
– 30 people die from food poisoning each Christmas

– People are 50% more likely to be in a house fire at Christmas than at any other time of the year

Here are some handy hints to keep your house safe:

– Do not leave candles unattended (this advice should be followed throughout the year)

– Ensure Christmas cards and wrapping paper are kept clear of open flames (e.g. do not hang cards above the fireplace and do not light candles near cards)

– To reduce the risk of trips, slips and falls, keep holiday clutter to a minimum (e.g. invest in a cable tidy to keep stray wires minimal)

– Watch out for small items that could cause a choking hazard, particularly in young children (e.g. Christmas cracker prizes)

– Open packaging with scissors not knives to avoid careless injuries

– If you have old Christmas lights, consider investing in new ones which will meet much higher safety standards

– Keep the lights switched off until the Christmas tree is decorated and don’t let children play with the lights (some have swallowed the small bulbs)

– Don’t overload sockets

– Don’t let bulbs touch anything that can burn easily such as paper (this includes decorations)

– Keep glass baubles out of reach of toddlers and pets

– Don’t be tempted to leave the lights on when going to bed or when leaving the house

– Follow the instructions on the turkey and don’t risk short cuts as it takes hours to cook a turkey thoroughly (uncooked turkey can cause salmonella poisoning, which can be life-threatening for vulnerable people)

– Do NOT drink and drive!

Take this advice on board to ensure that your Christmas is memorable for the right reasons. Have a lovely, safe Christmas and a very Happy New Year. If you have any other suggestions on ways to stay safe over Christmas, please Tweet us on @ajuda_training.

To book yourself onto any of our valuable, life-changing courses (such as, First Aid, Health and Safety or Food Hygiene) in the New Year, please see our Course Calendar and use our new online booking system to book your place. To view our Christmas opening hours, please click on the picture below.

Bonfire Night First Aid

This weekend Bonfire Night will be celebrated around the UK. According to statistics from The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents around 1,000 people visit A&E for treatment of firework related and other bonfire night related injuries in the four weeks around the event.

Although Bonfire Night is certainly a time for fun, we’ve written this blog to provide first aid tips that are simple to learn and well help you to be prepared to treat any of these injuries if they occur.

 Burns or scalds

– Run the burn under cold water for at least 10 minutes. Skin needs to be completely cool to prevent pain, scarring or any further damage.

– Remove any jewellery or clothing that is near the burn – do not remove if they are stuck to the burn.

– Don’t pop any blisters or apply creams – doing this risks making the injury worse.

– One the burn is cooled, cover with a plastic bag or clingfilm.

– If necessary, treat a casualty for shock by laying them down with their legs raised above the level of their heart e.g. on a chair.

– If the burn is on a child, or, if you think the burn is serious (e.g. deep, larger than the size of the casualty’s hand, on the hands, feet or face) call 999/112 for an ambulance. There will also be first aiders at almost all public firework displays in the UK so keep an eye out when you get to the event in case you need to go and get help.


Debris in the eye

– Do not rub the casualty’s eye or let them rub the eye as it will make it worse.

– Pour clean water over the eye to wash out what is in it or to cool the burn.

– If this does not work, try to lift the debris out with the damp corner of a clean tissue.

– If this also does not work, cover the eye with a clean dressing (if a dressing is not available make sure you use a non-fluffy material).

– Take the casualty to the nearest hospital.


Smoke inhalation

– Move as far as possible away from the smoke so that you/they can breathe in fresh air.

– Sit down or help the casualty to sit down in a comfortable position and loosen any tight clothing around the neck to help breathe normally.

– If you/they do not recover quickly, call 999/112 for an ambulance.

We hope you all enjoy bonfire night and remain safe throughout. Let us know your plans by tweeting us @ajuda_training we’d love to hear what you’re all up to!

Keep Warm this Winter

Cold weather can affect your health. Find out how to keep yourself well and your home warm during winter.

Why is cold weather a problem?

When the temperature drops to below 8C, some people are at increased risk of:

  • heart attack
  • stroke
  • flu
  • pneumonia
  • falls and injuries
  • hypothermia

Cold weather can also affect people with mental health conditions, such as depression and dementia.

Who’s most at risk?

Very cold weather can affect anyone, but you are most vulnerable if:

  • you’re 65 or older
  • you’re on a low income (so can’t afford heating)
  • you have a long-term health condition, such as heart, lung or kidney disease
  • you’re disabled
  • you’re pregnant
  • you have young children (newborn to school age)
  • you have a mental health condition

Be prepared

The Met Office provides weather forecasts on radio and TV, so listen in to these bulletins regularly to keep up-to-date with the weather.

Severe weather warnings are also issued on the Met Office website, through the Met Office Twitter feed, or you can call the Weather Desk on 0370 900 0100 or 01392 885 680.

The Met office also has advice on getting ready for winter.

This includes suggestions for practical things you can do to prepare for winter weather, including cold, ice and snow, high winds and flooding.

How to keep your home warm

Follow these tips to keep you and your family warm and well at home:

  • if you’re not very mobile, are 65 or over, or have a health condition, such as heart or lung disease, heat your home to at least 18C (65F)
  • keep your bedroom at 18C all night if you can – and keep the bedroom window closed
  • during the day you may prefer your living room to be slightly warmer than 18C
  • to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), babies should sleep in rooms heated to between 16C and 20C
  • if you’re under 65, healthy and active, you can safely have your home cooler than 18C, if you’re comfortable
  • draw curtains at dusk and keep doors closed to block out draughts
  • get your heating system checked regularly by a qualified professional

Protect your health in the cold

If you start to feel unwell, even if it’s a cough or cold, don’t wait until it gets more serious. Seek advice from your pharmacist.

Follow these tips on keeping well in the cold:

  • find out if you can get the flu jab for free on the NHS
  • wear several layers of clothes rather than 1 chunky layer – clothes made from cotton, wool or fleecy fibres help to maintain body heat
  • use a hot water bottle or electric blanket to keep warm in bed – but don’t use both at the same time
  • have at least 1 hot meal a day – eating regularly helps keep you warm; and make sure you have hot drinks regularly
  • try not to sit still for more than an hour or so indoors – get up and stretch your legs
  • stay active – even moderate exercise can help keep you warm
  • wrap a scarf loosely around your mouth when outdoors – add a hat and wear shoes with a good grip, too
  • if you have a heart or respiratory problem, stay indoors during very cold weather

Look in on vulnerable neighbours and relatives

Check up on older neighbours and relatives, and those with heart or respiratory (breathing) problems, to make sure they:

  • are safe and well
  • are warm enough, especially at night
  • have stocks of food and medicines so they don’t need to go out during very cold weather

If you’re worried about a relative or elderly neighbour, contact your local council or call the Age UK helpline on 0800 678 1174 (8am to 7pm every day).

If you’re concerned that the person may be suffering from hypothermia, contact NHS 111.

Time for Defibruary!

Around 30,000 people in Britain every year suffer a sudden cardiac arrest in the community and around 8,000 people suffer in Wales from the same reason. They can affect anyone at any time – from young children at school, to adults when they are at work or at home. In that case it seems to be important to know what a defibrillator is, how to use it and where to find it – isn’t it?

What does #defibruary actually stands for?

The combination of words defibrillator and February aims to create an action which will increase the awareness of defibrillators importance. The Welsh Ambulance Service dedicated the whole month for educating people how to use those lifesaving devices to decrease the negative effects of cardiac arrests. The victim’s chances for survival are close to 90% if defibrillator is used within the first minute of collapse. For every minute that defibrillation is delayed, survival decreases by 7% to 10%. Delay for over 10 minutes decreases the chance of survival in adults to less than 5 percent. The greater knowledge about defibrillators the greater chances to save lives!

Defibrillators – all you need to know

Defibrillator called also AED – automated external defibrillator is a portable lifesaving device used to administer an electric shock to the heart and restore the heart’s normal rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest. If the heart can be shocked quickly with an AED, a normal heart rhythm may be restored. Due to being portable, automated and easy to use defibrillators can be used in public places and at home.

How to use them?

Although not all defibrillators look the same, they function broadly in the same way. The most important thing you can do if you come across the unconscious and unresponsive person is to call 999 and start CPR to keep the blood flowing in the organism. Every minute without CPR and defibrillation after experiencing a heart attack reduces someone’s chance of survival by 10%. If you do have a defibrillator these are a few steps that you need to follow:

  1. Turn the defibrillator on with the green button and follow its instructions.
  2. Peel off the sticky pads and attach them to the patient’s skin as it’s shown in the picture on the defibrillator (one on each side of the chest).
  3. Once you attach the pads, stop CPR and don’t touch the patient.
  4. The defibrillator will analyse the patient’s heartbeat and assess whether a shock is needed and if so, it will tell you to press the shock button (an automatic defibrillator will shock the patient without prompt).
  5. The defibrillator will tell you when the shock has been delivered and whether you need to continue CPR.
  6. If so, continue with CPR procedure until the patient shows signs of life or the defibrillator tells you to stop so it can analyse the heartbeat again, or until the ambulance arrives.

Locate your nearest AED

Make sure that you know where the nearest defibrillator in your area is. The AED location map can be found at http://www.heartsafe.org.uk/aed-locations. It has developed over 12 years to assist people living in communities to know in advance where their local public defibrillator may be positioned in case of emergency. These are places in Cardiff where you can find AEDs:

Importance of AED in your workplace

Every workplace has to invest in certain items to protect its staff members and keep them safe from harm. These include first aid kits, fire blankets and fire distinguishers. However, AED is often left off the list and so we have to make sure that this lifesaving device is located in our workplace. Survival rates of sudden cardiac arrests are very low – without immediate treatment, a massive 90 to 95% of SCA victims will not survive. For optimum survival rates, a person suffering from an SCA needs a shock from a defibrillator.

A shocking 13% of workplace fatalities are due to someone suffering from SCA, which just shows how important it is to have a defibrillator in the workplace. Business owners and HR managers need to understand the risks. When it comes to SCAs, the severity of the potential risk is incredibly high. For the cost of a new computer or a round of drinks at the office party, you could purchase a device that can, quite literally, be the difference between life and death.

Apart from having the AED at your workplace, managers should also prepare their workers for various situations by giving them specific first aid trainings. Our company can help you deliver them to both your workplace and individually. Check out our classroom and online training courses at https://www.ajuda.org.uk/ and make sure your workers can feel safe at the workplace!

JOIN #defibruary

This campaign exists to raise awareness of the impact of using a defibrillator. It also encourages the public to sign up to free first aid training classes and to raise money and fundraise to place more defibrillators within the community. At https://www.thewave.co.uk/news/local/welsh-ambulance-live-saving-campaign/ you can find all the additional information about the action and some materials to share. We encourage you to be the part of it and help us spread awareness!


Be the one who makes a change!

Become a first aider this February

The workplace can seem like a safe place, but, there are risks you wouldn’t think of until they happen. An accident can occur at any time and if it did, who in the workplace is trained to help? It is a legal requirement as a company to ensure your employees receive immediate attention. Here are 10 reasons why you should consider First Aid Training for employees. 

1. It can save lives

2. Reduce the number of workplace accidents


3. Positive work environment

4. Your company will be safer place to work


5. First aid kits are used properly

6. It can reduce recovery time


7. It can keep employees safe outside of the workplace

8. It’s a great team-building exercise

9. It gives your employees confidence and clarity during an emergency
First aid training doesn’t just teach your staff how to treat patients in need of first aid, it also gives them confidence and effectively manage an emergency without fear, confusion or overwhelm.

10. The cost of a First Aid at Work Training course is nothing compared to that of potentially saving a live.
Providing first aid and CPR training doesn’t cost much, but it will go a long way to ensuring workplace health and safety.

If this has given you something to think about we have many Training Courses available at Ajuda Training Academy, take a look at our course calendar, give us a call on 02920 576883, or email admin@ajuda.org.uk

First Aid at Work 3 Day course

27th, 28th February & 1st March

27th – 28th March

24th – 26th April

£230 + vat per person


Asthma Attacks and how to tackle them


What to do during Asthma Attacks

Asthma is a condition that affects the airways of the lungs. Asthma can cause the lungs to go into spasm and tighten which can make it very difficult to breathe for someone who is having an Attack.  There are many factors that can trigger Asthma Attacks; the weather, allergies, over exertion, illness and stress to name but a few.

3 people die every day in the UK from fatal Asthma Attacks; these could potentially be avoided if people understood more about the condition. Every 10 seconds someone has a potentially life-threatening asthma attack.


What are the symptoms of Asthma Attacks?

-Tight chest

-Difficulty breathing




-Struggling to speak, sleep or eat

-Children can sometimes complain of a tummy ache

Usually, these symptoms will not occur suddenly.


What do you do when Asthma Attacks occur?

-Stay calm, panicking will only make things worse.

-Make them comfortable

-Ask them to use their reliever inhaler

-Reassure them

-Encourage slow and steady breathing

-If the casualty shows no sign of improvement or the casualty does not have their inhaler with them, call 999 or 112

If you think you are having an asthma attack and you are alone, take the above steps. Take slow and steady breaths and try to remain calm. If your symptoms do not improve, do not hesitate to call 999 or 112.


Advice for friends and family

It is very important that friends and family of Asthma sufferers know how they can help during an emergency.

If you have a personal Asthma action plan, it is useful to make copies and share it with people that are you are often with so that they have something to refer back to during an emergency.

If you are interested in learning how to help in emergency medical situations, please get in touch with our team about booking yourself a space on one of our first aid training courses. Contact us on admin @ajuda.org.uk or call 029 2057 6883.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

We are closing at 12pm on the 23rd December 2022 and re-opening on the 9th January 2023.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your custom over the past year, and wish all of our clients, old and new, a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.

2022 has been a special year for us at Ajuda and we are looking forward to what is to come in the new year.

Our open courses will be running throughout 2023 at our training academy in Cardiff Bay. Please click here to view the full list of our 2023 open courses.

Enjoy your break and we’ll see you in 2023!

Toasty Tips: How to keep warm through Winter

Cold Weather

With colder weather on the way, it’s really important to remain fit and healthy at this time of year to help your body fight off the common colds and viruses that are circulating. Eating well, wrapping up warm and carefully planning your journeys are simple ways stay safe during winter.

This blog highlights some of the first aid tips you may require over the winter months and potential hazards to look out for.

Keep warm

It is essential to maintain body heat during winter to avoid hypothermia.

Ideally, the temperature indoors should be at least 18 degrees. If you cannot afford to keep the heating on all winter (it can really add up!) then keep adding the layers, have accessible blankets around the house and hot water bottles which are particularly useful and a cost-effective way to keep extra warm indoors.

If you are venturing outside, ensure to wrap up warm and add layers such as, hats, scarves and gloves to prevent you from getting too cold.

Unfortunately, hypothermia is a huge danger at this time of year. The number of hypothermia deaths has doubled over the last five years.  It is really important to learn the signs of hypothermia which include pale and cold skin, shallow breathing, a weak pulse and disorientation.  If you suspect someone is suffering from hypothermia, then it is vital to encourage the to undertake the following:

– Slowly restore warmth and get indoors if they are not already

– Begin CPR if necessary

– If they are conscious, give them a warm drink such as

– Keep their body temperature up by wrapping them in blankets

Further tips for keeping warm and staying safe:

– Wear several light layers rather than one chunky layer

– Regular hot drinks and meals

– Be very careful around open fire

– Close the curtains after dark to keep away drafts

– Keep your hands clean to reduce germs spreading

– Stay active

– Keep windows closed at night

Keep healthy and fight the cold

As mentioned in the introduction, cold weather can have a detrimental impact on your health. There are many preventative measures that can be taken to ensure that you are fit and healthy throughout the winter months and avoiding sickness:

–  Enquire about getting the flu jab

–  Take multivitamins

–  Maintain a healthy diet

–  Have hot meals and drinks where possible

–  Invest in a hat, scarf and gloves and a good coat

–  Exercise and keeping active helps to maintain body heat amongst many other health benefits

When the temperature drops to below 8 °C some people particularly vulnerable people such as young children, people with existing health conditions, people with a low income and elderly people become at risk of various problems:

– Heart attack

– Stroke

– Pneumonia

– Falls and injuries

– Hypothermia

Travel safely

During the winter, travelling can become particularly hazardous. Take extra care when walking outdoors as footpaths can become slippery. Invest in a sensible pair of shoes with good grip to help to prevent slips and trips.

If you are driving, it is important to be aware that the roads can become slippery and dangerous. It is a good idea to have a winter first aid kit stocked in the car including blankets and water in case you break down. Other driving essentials during this time of year include an ice scraper, winter screen wash, de-icer and a foil blanket.

We hope that this blog has given you some basic ideas about how to stay safe during winter.

As well as ensuring that you take all of these measures to stay healthy, please look out for vulnerable people and do what you can to help them to keep warm. Perhaps consider donating blankets, hot water bottles and tinned food to those in need. Drive calmly and safely to prevent being involved in an accident.

If you are interested in learning more about learning basic first aid skills, please book yourself a place on one of our open first aid courses.