First Aid in the Horse Industry:
Training in First Aid is essential for anyone involved in the horse industry whether they are instructors, grooms, competitors, volunteers, fence judges etc. A recognised, up-to-date First Aid qualification is also a prerequisite for inclusion on the Register of Instructors. General First Aid training can be accessed in Northern Ireland via the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) First Aid at Work courses. These take the format of an initial three day course, with a two day top up required every three years. General First Aid Training can be accessed in the Republic of Ireland via an Occupational First Aid course under the HSA (Health and Safety Authority) FETAC Level 5 guidelines. These take the format of an initial three day course, with a one day top up required every two years. However, these courses are very broad in outlook and largely geared towards providing first aid for a wide range of injuries and illnesses that may be encountered in the workplace.
Please note that the only course that is approved by the Health and Safety Executive (NI) or Health and Safety Authority (RoI) is the standard Health and Safety at Work First Aid or the Occupational First Aid Course. The HSE/HSA do not approve any industry specific three day courses so please be careful when deciding which first aid course to undertake. If you are in any doubt as to whether or not the course you are thinking of taking is accepted please call the BHS Training Team on 02476 840510.
BHS First Aid:
In response to industry demands, the BHS are providing courses which provide a basic overview of first aid procedures, but with a focus on the injuries that are most likely to be sustained whilst handling and riding horses. This course is appropriate for anyone who is involved in the horse industry, and will provide the basic information on what to do if you are ‘first on the scene’ of an accident. As with all such training, the emphasis will be on providing appropriate first aid help while professional help is sought.
From 1 January 2012, customers who want their first aid certificate to be recognised by the BHS for the Register of Instructors, Approved Centres or BHS examinations will need to obtain either the BHS First Aid course or the full three day/two day refresher First Aid at Work or Occupational First Aid course. Please note, we do not accept any other type of first aid certificate that are equine specialised other than the BHS course.
First Aid At Work:
It must be emphasised that the HSE First Aid at Work or HSA Occupational First Aid qualification may still be a requirement for employers, proprietors and instructors who have responsibility for other employees or staff on their yard/establishment.
If you are in any doubt as to whether or not you should hold a First Aid at Work certificate or attend an Occupational First Aid Course, please contact the Health and Safety Executive for guidance.
Accidents and injuries can happen at any time anywhere, for any number of reasons. This makes it essential that everyone involved with horses – riders, instructors, grooms, competitors, volunteers, and fence judges – knows how to administer first aid, and that every professional has a recognised and up-to-date First Aid qualification (a prerequisite for being included on the Register of Instructors).
BHS First Aid courses provide a basic overview of first aid procedures, and focus on the injuries most likely to be sustained while handling and riding horses. The course is appropriate for anyone involved with the handling of horses and will also teach you what to do if you are first on the scene of an accident. The emphasis of the training is on providing essential help until a professional arrives.
The BHS Two Day Initial First Aid Course is for those who have never received any first aid training, or whose qualification has lapsed. Numbers will be limited therefore allowing ample time and opportunity to learn and practice the skills required. On completing the two day course successful delegates will be provided with an ID card of achievement valid for two years. This must be updated biennially by attendance on a one-day refresher course.
Initial Two Day Course Cost: BHS Approved Centres £100 / Others £111. Please make cheques payable to The British Horse Society. Applications should be sent to: Susan Irwin, BHS Development Officer for Ireland, Grove Farm, 5 Quarry Road, Greyabbey, Newtownards, Co Down BT22 2QF.
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