Virtual training room for very real situations
A PAN-Humber training firm is looking to support companies facing increasing health and safety challenges with the launch of a virtual reality simulation Mission Room.
This cutting-edge, transportable 360 degree facility offers cost-effective, bespoke first aid training for learners in any type of theoretical industrial and business environment, such as an oil refinery or factory.
The company employs 15 highly qualified staff in Grimsby and Hull, and is the first to roll out he technology.
Linda Crossland- Clarke, pictured left, of SHE Knows Health & Safety said it can be used for a number of hypothetical scenarios, from an explosion in a crowd, to broken limbs or simple abrasions.
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It also lends itself to controlling potential dangers and alerting the ambulance and rescue services.
"We can devise and test first aid measures for dealing with all kinds of casualties, preparing them for the real thing," she said.
"Merely asking a casualty, 'Hello can you hear me? Can you tell me your name?' in a sterile training room takes on a totally different complexion if they have a simulated live environment around them – perhaps a delivery vehicle still manoeuvring, or a loud production line making it hard to hear."
SHE Knows Health & Safety is the first private health and safety company to have invested in the technology, and it comes as businesses face up to the potential impact of impending changes in regulations covering first aid.
From April the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will no longer be responsible for the approval and monitoring of training organisations in the UK.
"This revocation means there will be no such thing as HSE-approved qualifications, or a HSE-approved first aid training organisation," said Mrs Crossland-Clarke.
Instead, employers will be responsible for the selection of training, ensuring provision of suitably qualified first aid personnel who have been trained to a suitable standard.
"The removal of HSE licensed training providers should open up the market place for first aid training, but there's also a real danger that the quality of training on offer dips as a result," she said.
Mrs Crossland-Clarke has suggested that in the future, qualifications and awards could be issued by an authorising body such as Ofqual.