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Safety training for staff of the UNODC field offices

With a high risk profile it might be time to consider safety training for staff of the UNODC field offices. Specifically face to face training covering topics such as first aid and medical care, alongside personal safety training.

Lazarus Training provides a wide range of first aid and safety training courses and is registered as a supplier on the United Nations General Marketplace [UNGM].

With a global presence via its field offices, UNODC staff are exposed to a wide range of risks, from those posed by the location to those posed by the work that you do. Road traffic collisions [RTC] can occur anywhere in the world, in Austria the rate of deaths due to RTCs is 5.4 per 100,000 people. In Thailand it is 36.2, Kenya 29.1, Senegal 27.2 and Tanzania 32.9.

In Afghanistan 18% of deaths are due to injury, in Colombia it is 17% and Tanzania 11%. These figures are for the general population, it doesn’t allow for the risk profile of staff from UNODC who are working to improve lives, by combating organised crime, trafficking, corruption and terrorism.

Experienced in working with large organisations and multinationals, Lazarus Training has a range of first aid, medical and safety training courses which would fit the need for safety training for staff of the UNODC field offices.

We have worked in many countries including: Afghanistan; Bosnia; Egypt; Ethiopia; Georgia; Kenya; Kyrgyzstan; Nigeria; Pakistan; Russia, Senegal; South Africa and Thailand.

first aid training in uganda
First Aid Training in West Africa

Our training courses are designed for each learning group so that we can tailor the courses around localised needs, whilst still delivering international guidelines to a high standard across multiple locations.

Our courses work in a modular format and last from a few hours up to five days dependant on the finalised learning outcomes/content.

Most of our training courses feature scenarios, role playing events where the delegates can practice in a safe learning environment, but at the same time getting as close to real as possible. We summarise this in our #trainforreal ethos- you can read more about this here.

As you would expect from a training organisations with ISO 9001:2015 quality is at the heart of all we do. This is reflected in the planning that goes into our training events. We will share course timetables, scheme of work, sample lesson plans, scenario plans and assessment plans before the training.

You can find out more about our general training by following the links below:

First Aid in Remote Locations

First Aid in Hostile Locations

Hostile Environments Training

But remember, each course is designed specifically for each learning group/client.


So if you are looking for safety training for staff of the UNODC field offices, we would expect you would like to know more?

Contact us on info@lazarustraining.co.uk to talk more.


New dates for FPOS I courses near London

Looking for FPOS I courses near London? Good News- Lazarus Training which is based in Essex has begun to release its dates for 2016.

Due to demand we will be adding more FPOS I courses near London over the coming weeks, but the first course with spaces is currently the 8th-12th February 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 courses near London

8-12th February 2016- Lazarus Training, Southend on Sea, SS9 5LY. The course costs £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 @lazarustraining.co.uk [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 @lazarustraining.co.uk [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.

Chainsaw operators first aid training

Imagine a catastrophic bleed from the neck, caused by a jagged piece of metal. The casualty is covered in their own blood, as their precious supply pumps out into the muddy ground beneath them. Their colleague is trying to fight through the protective body armour to get to the wound, but every second counts.

But this casualty isn’t in some far flung war zone, they are someone working in the UK, but they have been injured whilst using a chainsaw.

Every employer has a duty to provide the necessary safety equipment and training to ensure people can work as safety as possible, but hitting a nail or knot in the wood being cut could lead to the type of injured describe above.

Whilst running some recent Emergency First Aid at Work training for a local council, we meet some people worried about the above happening in front of them. They enjoyed our #trainforreal ethos and have gone away knowing that “first aid training is a contact sport”, but only as the course closed down did they admit the concern and that they had been provided with Celox dressings following their employer’s risk assessments.

Now first of all lets acknowledge that this is good- an employer thinking about their staff, but if highlighted an interesting question: should there be a chainsaw operators first aid training course covering the use of Celox and tourniquets?

We certainly believe so and those people we have spoken to also believe there should be some form of chainsaw operators first aid training course.

Lazarus Training specialises in working with industries and groups to develop specific first aid training solutions, rather than trying to make the “standard courses” fit into increasingly varied workplaces. We believe that the course should always contain the HSE required first aid content, but it should also be highly practical and focus on the real life situations the delegates might end up facing.

If you have any suggestions or comments on this topic, we would love to hear them. You can contact us on 0800 242 5210 or via info@lazarustraining.co.uk.

If you are interested in the one day and two day chainsaw operators first aid training packages we are currently trialing you can also contact us on the above.

Trauma training guidelines for our delegates

Trauma training guidelines are in place to ensure that trauma treatment is delivered in a recognised and reliable format. Most trauma training guidelines used on courses are based on a balance of medical and educational needs and ideas.

Much of our trauma training works to the following guidelines:


SAFE Approach

S- Shout for help

A- Assess the scene and approach with care

F-Find the casualty and free them from danger

E-Evaluate- the Mechanism of injury [MOI] and then the casualty


CABC assessment

C- Catastrophic bleeding- is there obvious catastrophic bleeding [normally compressible bleeding]?

A- Airway-is there a clear and open airway?

B- Breathing- is the casualty breathing normally? Check first for breathing, then if the breathing/ventilation is adequate.

C- Circulation and Shock- is there any other wounds? Perform a blood sweep and consider shock.

D- Disability- is there any sign of a head injury or lowered level of response? Remember AVPU- Alert, Voice, Pain, Unresponsive

E1- Expose- expose the casualty to assess fully for injuries- the best first aid is naked first aid.

E2- Environment- is the casualty getting cold or hot?

E3- Evacuate- how is the casualty getting to medical care.



When handing a casualty over to medical care you will only have a short period of time to impart what has happened. Depending on the medical staff you may have only 30 seconds to impress!

M- Mechanism of injury

I- Injuries seen or suspected

S- Signs and symptoms

T- Treatment given [or planned]


The MIST handover is sometimes enhanced with the pre-fix- AT ie AT MIST

A- Age

T- Time of incident.

These trauma training guidelines are not designed to replace training, more to act as a reminder for those that have attended training such as our Authorised Firearms Officer standard medical training or our media safety courses. Other trauma training guidelines are used [such as MARCH] and these will be covered on future blog posts.

We have deliberately keep this post as blank as possible to allow readers to copy and paste the guidelines is wished.

If you would like to know more about trauma training contact us on 0800 242 5210.

100 year old first aid techniques still save lives.

100 years ago this month [August 2014] the British involvement in the First World War began. Looking back on the events of the war, as much of the media is currently doing, it can seem strange that many of the first aid techniques used then are still current. Even though 100 year old.

At the offices of Lazarus Training we have collected a wide range of first aid manuals [everyone needs a hobby] which includes a 1911 British Army first aid manual. Some of the resuscitation techniques are easy to laugh at nowadays, but one of the many areas of current interest is the use of tourniquets to stop serious external bleeding from a limb.

The use of tourniquets in prehospital care, or more correctly the teaching of the use, has had an interesting history, coming and going out in and out of fashion. But the current generation of army medics, police officers and ambulance staff would find much of the guidance contained in the 1911 edition of Royal Army Medical Corps Training Manual familiar and close to the procedures that they are currently taught on courses such as our AFO medical programme.

Use of tourniquets, 100 year old first aid still used.
100 year old first aid advice on tourniquets

Whilst the type of tourniquets used has changed the principles are the same. The number of tourniquet applications and the life saving effect they have had, means that the 100 year old first aid technique is still saving life and limb. Debates about the use of tourniquets in first aid will no doubt continue, but the wealth of evidence being gathered shows that there is a definite need in dealing with catastrophic bleeding with new tourniquets being launched at torrential rate. The latest developments include the use of tourniquets to stop/control catastrophic bleeding from non-compressible sites ie the upper groin and pelvic area. Many of these new tourniquets look very similar to the screw tourniquet in the picture above, proof that this 100 year old first aid technique is still saving lives.