Construction industry first aid courses

Construction industry first aid course has almost unique requirements. With 30 construction workers killed in the UK in the reporting period 2016/17, the construction industry is the deadliest industry in the UK once again.

All but the smallest of sites require a trained first aider, whether the Emergency First Aid at Work or the full First Aid at Work.

Lazarus Training runs both these courses and the recommended Basic Life Support updates for qualified first aiders. Our training is designed to combat the secondary problem for first aid provision in the construction industry: memory retention. Many first aid training providers will offer a classroom based course covering the basic requirements, but our training courses are scenario based and ensure everyone is engaged and learning.

All our training can be adapted to reflect your specific needs such as identified risks, or using your specific first aid equipment.

Construction Industry first aid course -First Aid at Work

As an HSE approved first aid training provider Lazarus Training provided a number of workplace first aid courses, all run in a highly practical and interactive way, by training staff with relevant qualifications and experience. Since the changes in regulation Lazarus Training has become a Qualsafe Centre. All our first aid courses are aimed at making you confident to provide first aid at work when required.

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First aid at Work training is ideal for?

It is aimed at workplaces with higher numbers of staff and risk.

The range of topics [shown below] mean this is an ideal first aid qualification for many workplaces such as offices, factories and warehousing. This qualification is often popular with schools looking for training for office staff.

How long is it?

This three day course typically lasts from 0900 to 1700, though these times can be adjusted to meet your needs. The course must meet certain HSE requirements on learning hours and course duration. Each training day includes breaks.

What is covered?

The full Health and Safety Executive syllabus, such as:

Scene safety and assessment

Role of the workplace first aider

Treatment of the unconscious casualty including CPR

Treatment of wounds, such as bleeding, breaks and burns

First aid to someone choking

Eye and soft tissue injuries

Poisoning and Anaphylactic Shock

Caring for a person taken ill at work

Construction Industry- Emergency First Aid at Work

Emergency First Aid at work training from Lazarus Training is an one day first aid training course which meets the Health and Safety Executive’s requirements for the workplace. Almost every workplace needs to make first aid arrangements to care for a member of staff taken ill or injured at work. For most workplaces the Emergency first aid at work course will meet these requirements.

Our experienced medical trainers will teach your delegates emergency first aid including:

Scene safety and assessment

Role of the workplace first aider

Treatment of the unconscious casualty

Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation

Treatment of wounds, such as bleeding, breaks and burns

First aid to someone choking

Other first aid training content can be added on request. Defibrillators are becoming more and more common on larger sites and developments, so for many construction industry first aid course AED training is a popular addition.

All our training staff are qualified and experienced in both teaching and providing the skills listed above. This ensures you get high quality emergency first aid at work training, which is informative and highly practical from people with real life experience of providing emergency first aid.

Our first aid at work courses and emergency first aid at work courses are highly interactive, practical and focus on making you confident to apply your emergency first aid skills when required in a first aid at work emergency.

Call 0800 242 5210 to find out more about emergency first aid at work training further, or to discuss your training needs. You can also email us with your emergency first aid at work questions.


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Lazarus Training in Africa

At Lazarus Training we all love to travel, but at the moment it’s almost all about Lazarus Training in Africa. Since September 2016 we have been delivering a training programme to Law Enforcement staff in Nigeria, as well as a bespoke first aid training programme to the EU delegation in Sudan, but Ethiopia is our next destination, with Tim and Alistair arriving there next week for a series of meetings with NGOs and international companies based in Addis Ababa.

Our work has previously taken us across Africa, with first aid and safety training delivered in Senegal, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Kenya and Egypt but this will be our first visit to Ethiopia.

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Thankfully we have a number of “friendly faces” to visit, meeting with companies, NGOs, or international organisations with which we have worked before, but it is an exciting time and as a company we are looking forward to bringing our #trainforreal ethos and training programmes to Ethiopia.

With our wide range of training courses to act as a framework, or perhaps the skeleton, we have started to develop some Ethiopia specific training which we will then need to adapt further to meet each clients’ exact requirements.

When working in Senegal we identified that the delegates would benefit from carrying tourniquets, but couldn’t budget from them immediately. We therefore included an improvised tourniquet workshop and helped the delegates produce some improvised first aid kits [to find out more about this- contact our office on as we have some video content describing it in more detail].

On some recent training in Nigeria it was identified that some delegates wouldn’t be able to rely on getting an ambulance to the casualty, but would instead need to take them to hospital [something common across Africa], so an additional training package was designed and delivered including casualty evacuation and monitoring.

As always our training programmes include plenty of practical sessions and our #trainforreal ethos comes out in the training scenarios that really improve the delegates learning experience and therefore confidence. You can find out more about our scenarios here. 

If you want to discuss your training needs, or want to try and catch up with Lazarus Training in Africa, whilst Tim and Alistair are in Ethiopia give the office a call on +44 800 242 5210 or contact


First aid training workshops for schools

We should all know first aid right? So we have starting running first aid training workshops for schools as a method to increase the number of people who know some basic first aid.

Our 6 hr First Aid Workshops are aimed at preteens -tween’s  aged 7-11.  Workshops are designed to teach basic life saving first aid skills to children in a  fun informative manor.

Often being at home with parents, careers or guardians,  preteens may find themselves having the overwhelming task of acting as the “grown up” in a medical emergency- if their  parents, careers or guardian were to have an accident, or to be taken ill. This is where our training comes in , courses are designed to provide the skills and build confidence to help in these types of situations.

The 6 hour workshop are broken down into 60 minute Bite size First Aid Sessions covering the following:

Scene safety

Calling for emergency help

Casualty assessment


Airway management including choking and vomiting

Control of bleeding.

After each session children will receive a worksheet, the worksheets are designed  to improve their knowledge and understanding of the subject taught on that particular session. Worksheets contain useful information word searches and First Aid Questions.

All Trainers & Assistants have current DBS  Certificates.

If you are interested in our first aid training workshops for schools, or any of our training give us a call on 0800 242 5210 or email us on

If you want to know more about our schools first aid training click here, or explore the website for more details.

First aid training onsite London

So you need first aid training onsite London? Well that’s ok, we can help. Our first aid training is well know for its practical nature, our #trainforreal ethos. Our Essex training centre is set up for our scenarios, all the way up to a crashed car and bicycles, but if you need first aid training onsite in London- don’t worry we can come to you.

Whichever of our first aid training courses your workplace requires, we can bring our “hands on” practical training to your workplace. Not only does this remove the problems of asking people to travel to training, but it also means we can run scenarios in the delegates working environment. Now, obviously that takes some planning, but the value of your delegates rehearsing their responses, in their actual workplace is vast.

“Learning in context increases long term retention”- How we learn by Benedict Carey.

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We have run our scenarios in office, factories, car parks, stairwells and basically anywhere the delegates might have to face a real situation.

“Since we cannot predict the context in which we’ll have to perform, we’re better off varying the circumstances in which we prepare”- How we learn by Benedict Carey

If there ever was such a think as a “typical” course, then it includes us running some skills in the classroom environment, but then we’re off to scenarios.

All are adapted to reflect the actual working environment, first aid equipment that is available and even in house matters such as how to call for an ambulance etc.

Our Emergency First Aid at Work and First Aid at Work courses both contain training scenarios, with the 3 day FAAW course covering a wider range of situations such as illnesses which can be faced by first aiders in larger workplaces such as offices.

So which course might you need? We have a first aid needs calculator on our website which can generate a report which may help you with your due diligence.

Of course you could always give us a call on 0800 242 5210 or email our office, either way ask for Sam or Kelly who front up our first aid training onsite London workplace first aid department.



First Aid in Remote Locations- course feedback

First Aid in Remote Locations

Around a month ago, I received an email from BECTU, offering members a First Aid in Remote Locations course, which had been subsidised by Creative Skillset. Being a film maker and having a particular interest in working in hazardous environments, there was no way I was letting an incredible opportunity like this pass me by.

The course took place in the house and gardens of the beautiful East Hampstead Park and fortunately for us, we had decent weather. There were 12 people on the course, all working in the film industry and all with a variety of skills and talents. The training was run by Lazarus Training whose belief and focus was that we should ‘‘train for real’, meaning that training must reflect the reality of what people may actually face and the resources they may have access to.

The first day consisted of getting to know the basics, such as pressure points, and learning about the items in our first aid kit & how to use them. I was most fascinated by the Tourniquet – which became a vital tool in many of the scenarios we faced.

For the first situation we faced, Leroy played the role of the unlucky casualty. He played his part so realistically, that I felt quite weak at the knees. I was completely engaged throughout. The session ended when we were able to help in saving Leroy’s life after he ‘accidently’ stabbed himself in the leg with a knife.

On the second day, (even better than the first), we had to deal with six scenarios, some in groups of two and some in larger groups. We faced everything from campfire explosions to Leroy falling out of a tree and Paul (another trainer) shooting himself in the leg. One of the most fascinating parts of the day was learning how to make a stretcher out of coats, emergency splints and what to do if someone falls unconscious.

The final day was even more absorbing and we were faced with travel health, unconscious casualties in complete darkness, hypothermia, spotting the signs of heat exhaustion before it becomes Heat Stroke and rescuing casualties from car accidents.

My fellow course members were all fascinating people in their own right, with such a diverse range of talents and film skills. Working with them made the course even more enjoyable and I very much hope that I get to work with all of them sometime again in the future.

First Aid in Remote Locations group

At the beginning of the course, I was enthusiastic, but slightly apprehensive; by the end I was confident, a little less scared of blood and completely exhausted.

I must give a massive thank you to BECTU and Creative Skillset; without them, I wouldn’t have been able to have taken the course and to Lazarus for their training, endless skills and knowledge. I never knew that First Aid training could be so rewarding and enjoyable.


Charlotte Austwick.

Charlotte is a freelance filmaker.

When #trainforreal becomes “it is real”

Those that have attended one of the many Lazarus first aid training courses, really appreciate the “trainforreal” scenarios. Equally, they understand the importance of those soft, reassuring skills, that can really make a difference to somebody that has suddenly become critically ill.

Last Monday morning whilst preparing the training room for 18 people, who were joining us for a first aid at work course, I was suddenly overwhelmed by excruciating chest pain. After spending many years in the NHS ambulance service and having past experience of a heart attack, I knew that I was in a serious condition. At that very moment, I was lucky that members of the Lazarus team were at the office. They sprang into action, as if they were playing out a “train for real” scenario. Except this wasn’t role play and as a team, they hadn’t rehearsed. They seemed to know instinctively, what was expected of them.

Alistair, knowing that the office was a safe environment, moved quickly onto assessing my response, airway, breathing and circulation. At that time, I was alert (remember AVPU). I clearly had a patent airway but my breathing was rapid and uncomfortable. He then took the first radial pulse. These actions were repeated continuously until the Paramedic arrived.

After a 999 call was made, Riana went to reception to await the arrival of the emergency services. For those of you that have been to our training centre, you’ll know that it’s a bit of a labyrinth and without Riana’s assistance, the Paramedic would have wasted valuable time trying to locate the office.

Paul, with whom I was sharing the training duties and had first realised that something wasn’t right had the difficult job of explaining to and calming down 18 people who had arrived for their first aid course only to discover that one of the trainers was in a potentially life threatening condition and was in fact receiving first aid. Although I suspect that being a retired sub-officer from Essex Fire & Rescue, he was calculating the best way to remove the roof.

Whilst all of this was happening, of course I was petrified and this is where two special ladies, Alison and Samantha stepped up. They both held my hand, reassured me, kept me calm. They made me smile, they made me laugh. Their presence and demeanour,  took my mind off what was a scary situation. Those soft skills, which were a massive part of my own ambulance service training, were of equal importance as the clinical assessments being undertaken by Alistair.

I must have drifted into semi consciousness because for those of you that remember AVPU, Alistair was noting my response to pain by pressing firmly on my clavicle. When the Paramedic first administered morphine and asked me to score my pain, I gratefully confirmed that the chest pain had subsided to a manageable 5 but Alistair’s interpretation of P, hovered stubbornly at around the 9 mark. Those army guys must be made of iron.

Alison accompanied me in the ambulance and whilst the crew were attending to my medical needs, she continued to keep me smiling. When my wife and daughter arrived at the hospital, it was Alison who greeted them with a reassuring smile and hug.

In truth, I needed to undergo diagnostic tests that could only be carried out in hospital using equipment that costs hundreds of thousands of pounds but had it not been for the actions of Paul, Alistair, Riana, Alison and Samantha, I might not have been in such a good condition when the emergency services took over and that, is what good first aid is. That, is what you will learn from a Lazarus first aid course.

My family and I owe a big, big thank you to the Lazarus staff that were in the office that day but I know that had it been any of the others that weren’t there, they would have acted in just the same professional and caring manner. So I’d like to big up each and everyone of them.

Claire, Kelly, Natalie, Mick, Mark, Minty, Tony, Barry, Chris, Leeroy, Tom and Thomas.

Garry- first aid trainer at Lazarus Training.

We are happy to confirm that Garry is fine and has returned to work, at the time of writing he is in Glasgow providing trainforreal scenarios for a media client.

If you would like to know more about our # trainforreal approach to our first aid training call us on 0800 242 5210 or visit our training scenarios page.

Workplace first aid training requirements

Workplace first aid training requirements are something many businesses forget to consider or are unsure of. Basically workplace first aid training is often a requirement of even the smallest of workplaces, which must make arrangements for action in event of an emergency, provide a first aid kit and possibly provide trained workplace first aiders.

The focus is now on the employer to decide their own requirements following an assessment of their workplace, workforce and activities. To assist with this assessment you may want to use our handy first aid requirements calculator, which can be accessed by clicking the logo below.

Workplace first aid requirements calculator
Workplace first aid requirements calculator

The calculator asks a small number of questions about your workplace and work activities and then generates a report which may act as the framework for your own assessment. For many workplaces the report will be sufficient to decided on your workplace first aid training requirements, but it can be updated and amended as required by the user. The report is available in PDF format and information is provided on what first aid training, if any, is required.

Each report is different, but it is likely to refer to courses such as First Aid at Work courses, Emergency First Aid at Work, Basic Life Support and Defibrillator training sessions.

You might find it useful to read our article about the due diligence for first aid training that employers should consider before selecting their training provider.

Our range of workplace first aid courses meet the Health and Safety Executive recommended content for first aid courses, covering every ones’ needs. We run First Aid at Work courses, Emergency First Aid at Work, Basic Life Support and Defibrillator training sessions.

Lazarus Training provides a number of workplace first aid courses, all run in a highly practical and interactive way, by training staff with relevant qualifications and experience. All our first aid courses are aimed at making you confident to provide first aid at work when required.


These are supported by our more general health and safety courses, such as Fire Marshal’s and our popular Fire Safety- Basics.

FPOS I training in October

Looking for FPOS I training in October? Good News- Lazarus Training which is based in Essex has begun to release more dates for 2016.

Due to demand we will be adding more FPOS I courses near London over the coming weeks, but the next course with spaces is currently the 24th-27th October 2016.

Covering the required syllabus, but in the highly practical #trainforreal way that Lazarus is know for, those successfully completing the course gain the BTEC/Edexcel IHCD First Person on Scene Intermediate qualification- popular in the maritime security and close protection industry. To find out more about our style of training visit the training simulation page of this website.

Lazarus Training is a training company, but our training team is still “out there doing it”- with trainers from [or still serving] as paramedics, fire and rescue, law enforcement, maritime and military backgrounds.

Our team has recent experience in Afghanistan, Turkey, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Europe, Kenya, Pakistan, so know what it is like to be on the ground.

FPOS I training in October

24th-27th October 2016– Lazarus Training, Southend on Sea, SS9 5LY. The course costs from £350 + VAT including certification. Discounted rates are available for our premier customers.

More dates will follow, but if you have a group of people needing this training we can arrange a bespoke course. Call us on 0800 242 5210 or email info [remove the space between info and @] to get a specific quote.

The FPOS I course is near Southend on Sea, at our Eastwood training centre.

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There are many local hotels, many of our delegates stay in the local Premier Inns. The nearest train stations are Rayleigh [approx 40 mintues from London] on the London Liverpool Street-Southend line and Leigh on Sea [approx 35 minutes from London] on the London Fenchurch Street-Southend line.

Call us on 0800 242 5210 or email info [taking out the space between info and @] to find out more.

Please note to attend this course you will need to be physically fit and able to confirm your identity with photographic ID, contact us to find out more.

Lazarus Training in the news again.

So Lazarus Training in the news again? You may have seen some of our other posts about our support of the Flight of the Swans expedition, but it has also been hitting the news.

Just incase you missed it, here is the piece from ITV News earlier this week.


To find out more about our First Aid in Remote Locations click here or call us on 0800 242 5210.

Media Production Show 2016

Part of our work is to raise the profile of our media first aid training. One recent part of this was exhibiting at the Media Production Show 2016. A new event this year, the Media Production Show 2016 was held at the Business Design Centre in Islington on 9th & 10th June. Lazarus Training joined the wide range of media related companies in exhibiting.

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Nestled away amongst the cameras, drones and editing software we had a simple message- give us 60 seconds and we can show you how to save a life! If people had the time to spare [and who wouldn’t] we discussed the importance of stopping severe bleeding and then demonstrated the use of a tourniquet. The Health and Safety Executive have recently issued a statement endorsing the use of tourniquets in workplace first aid kits, subject to a first aid needs assessment, so many people were surprised to hear that tourniquets are now not just for the battlefield.

Our stand at Media Production Show 2016

Our stand was based around this simple theme: you can learn to save a life in only a few seconds. On the stand we had a number of volunteers, all members of our training team, who could demonstrate our to use a tourniquet and then let our temporary “delegates” loose with them. As the venue was too nice for us to be “bleeding” all over the floor, we have rigged up a couple of 5 litre containers and pumped blood between them to simulate the casualty’s blood loss.

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As you can see from our scoreboard it proved popular, hopefully due to the importance of life saving, but possibly due to the competitive nature of many of the visitors. The two boards had to be cleared down a number of times due to space limitations.

So, our aim at the Media Production Show 2016 was to show that first aid training saves lives, and that in as little as 60 seconds people can learn and importantly practice life saving skills.

Basically if we can do that in 60 seconds, imagine what we can do in the full courses we run for the media industry! We have courses ranging from one day for the office and studio, two days for locations and three days for remote or hostile locations.

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