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Accident & First Aid Policy

Cardigan Bay Watersports

Accident & First Aid Policy

All CBW instructors are First Aiders.

Accidents involving children should be notified to their parent or guardian.

Accidents must be recorded in the Accident Book.

Near misses to be recorded in the Near Miss Book.

The Accident and Near Miss books are in the Watersports Centre First Aid Box.

First Aid Boxes are located in:         

             Watersports centre

            Compound Shed

            Safety packs in power boats & keelboat

First Aid boxes are checked and restocked by the First Aid advisor.

The Centre Manager is responsible for RIDDOR reporting.

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Administering First Aid in respect of COVID 19 (Reference Resuscitation Council UK website)

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

Where it is not possible to maintain a 2 metre or more distance away from an individual, face mask, disposable gloves and a disposable plastic apron are recommended. Disposable gloves should be worn if physical contact is likely to be made with potentially contaminated areas or items.

The use of fluid repellent face mask is recommended and the additonal use of disposable eye protection (such as face visor or goggles) should be risk assessed when there is an anticipated risk of contamination with splashes, droplets of blood or body fluids.

When using a fluid repellent surgical face mask, you should mould the metal strap of the mask over the bridge of the nose and make sure the mask fits snugly under the chin, around or across any facial hair if present.

Clean your hands thoroughly with soap and water or alcohol sanitiser before putting on and after taking off PPE. In all circumstances where some form of PPE is used, the safe removal of the PPE is a critical consideration to avoid self-contamination. Guidance on putting on and taking off PPE is available. Use and dispose of all PPE according to the instructions and training provided by your employer or organisation.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation

If you are required to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), you should conduct a risk assessment and adopt appropriate precautions for infection control.

In adults, it is recommended that you do not perform rescue breaths or mouth-to-mouth ventilation; perform chest compressions only. Compression-only CPR may be as effective as combined ventilation and compression in the first few minutes after non-asphyxial arrest (cardiac arrest not due to lack of oxygen).

Cardiac arrest in children is more likely to be caused by a respiratory problem (asphyxial arrest), therefore chest compressions alone are unlikely to be effective.

If a decision is made to perform mouth-to-mouth ventilation in asphyxial arrest, use a resuscitation face shield where available.

Should you have given mouth-to-mouth ventilation there are no additional actions to be taken other than to monitor yourself for symptoms of possible COVID-19 over the following 14 days. Should you develop such symptoms you should follow the advice on what to do on the NHS website.

Cleaning the area where assistance was provided

Cleaning will depend on where assistance was provided. It should follow the advice for cleaning in non-healthcare settings. Public areas where a symptomatic individual has passed through and spent minimal time in (such as corridors) but which are not visibly contaminated with body fluids can be cleaned in the usual way. However, all surfaces that a symptomatic individual has come into contact with must be cleaned and disinfected.

Blood or body-fluid spill

Keep people away from the area. Use a spill-kit if available, using the PPE in the kit or PPE provided by your employer/organisation and following the instructions provided with the spill-kit. If no spill-kit is available, place paper towels/roll onto the spill, and seek further advice from emergency services when they arrive.

Contacts of the person you have assisted

Advise anyone who had close contact with the individual that if they go on to develop symptoms of COVID-19 (a new continuous cough, fever or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell), they should follow the advice on what to do on the NHS website.

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RIDDOR - Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations

Reporting of COVID-19 (use HSE website for reporting)

An unintended incident at work has led to someone’s possible or actual exposure to coronavirus. This must be reported as a dangerous occurrence and recorded in the “Near Miss” book.

A worker has been diagnosed as having COVID 19 and there is reasonable evidence that it was caused by exposure at work. This must be reported as a case of disease.

A worker dies as a result of occupational exposure to coronavirus.

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RIDDOR - Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations       

Fractures, other than to fingers, thumbs and toes

Amputations

Any injury likely to lead to permanent loss of sight or reduction in sight

Any crush injury to the head or torso causing damage to the brain or internal organs

Serious burns (including scalding) which:

Covers more than 10% of the body

Causes significant damage to the eyes, respiratory system or other vital organs

Any scalping requiring hospital treatment

Any loss of consciousness caused by head injury or asphyxia

Any other injury arising from working in an enclosed space which:

Leads to hypothermia or heat-induced illness

Requires resuscitation or admittance to hospital for more than 24 hours

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05/07/2020