Girl in bathing suit, leaping off a wooden bridge into water

Leap Forward. Leap Safe.

2020 is a leap year, so we have a bonus business day.

But in our Leap Year, as you Leap Forwards towards spring; will you Leap Safe?

At RAS HQ we have noticed that we are starting to do a spring clean with more vigour than last year, maybe we underestimated the Leap Year effect! Whether that it is a literal or metaphorical leap forward; the desire for some of us to start cleaning out cupboards, tidying up servers or just getting our offices in order, for the new financial year is building. Our office is currently a mess, as we sort out old equipment and install new, cataloguing and branding our assets as we go, all before we leap into the new financial year.

We, at RAS HQ, also use this time of year to do our planning, staff training and most importantly budgeting. Through the year we will have made a note of useful and interesting courses, articles and books we want to read or explore as a team. Whether it’s our First Aid Instructors’ Annual Monitoring; Continuing Professional Development (CPD) or new skill development we set aside some budget in both time and money at this time of year. It’s a great way to start the new financial year; full of energy and enthusiasm, especially as the weather takes a turn for the worse this year.

What have you planned and budgeted for, in terms of, your team’s training this leap year?

Are your team up to date with their Health and Safety training? First Aid, Fire Wardens or Manual Handling? Do you know where to start looking for an affordable, reliable, flexible training company that is responsive to your work environments or shift pattens? To leap from a national provider can be difficult if you don’t know where to start. Sadly, there are trainers out there that will claim to provide you with an Ofqual qualification but then produce a Certificate of Attendance. We don’t!

How RAS can help your business . . . .

All our training is accredited by FAA as standard, our trainers are approved by NUCO, and this gives you, peace of mind, that you are getting value for service from a trainer that is up to date, efficient and engaging. Our trainers also are all practicing medics, outside of training at various events nationally and internationally. The national providers are good at what they do, but they can be up to 70% more expensive compared with the independent trainers, do you have the budget to cover that? In their open courses your team could be sitting in with other professionals and trades in a generic training rather than one that is specific to your team and your company’s needs, which might need a greater leap of the imagination for some.

In a world with no budget restrictions all staff should be trained, but with tightening budget constraints before you take the leap and book that course, you should ensure that you have enough trained staff to cover all eventualities. You will need to cover holidays, unexpected absences, sick leave, and all hours of your business. We welcome all our clients to have a chat with us, about their training needs. If we can’t help you directly, we leap at the chance to recommend you to a trainer that will provide what we are unable.

take a leap of faith . . . .

Drop us an email to schedule a call that works for you in terms of time and methodology (phone, skype or in person) via our email reception@

leap forward, leap safe in 2020.

New Year Goals

We often start the new year with a flourish and a desire to start a new, and to brush away the old, to make it smart, we should pull together our New Year Goals. Whether that be changes in budget, lifestyle, outlook for your business or professional life. Whatever that New Year goals you will need to manage them, to prevent feeling overwhelmed. When you take time to plan for your New Year goals, and tackle it bit by bit, it is more achievable.

Establishing New Year goals for 2020 should include your company’s health and safety.  In the past few years Health and Safety has gained a bad reputation, but it is here to protect you and your staff from avoidable accidents. Here you have two options:

  1. Call in the professionals or,
  2. Follow these easy steps.

We like to start simply, and methodically on your New Year Goals.

  1. Do a risk assessment.

Before you start do a bit of prep, to help you understand timings and frequency of incidents, including near misses. Use a group of staff that represent all aspects of your company and establish the threats that your company faces.

Tip: it can be hard to be critical in your own businesses, this is where a trusted professional can be helpful.


  1. Risk Mitigation.

Once you have identified the risks and documented it, then you will need to develop a plan. Start by identifying how to reduce the likelihood of the risk happening. Some risks you can prevent from happening in the first place. Other risks are inevitable, so then you need a plan to reduce the impact on your staff and company if it does happen. This is known as risk mitigation.

Tip: Risks Mitigation should include training, awareness briefs, and documented plan of action.


  1. Document it.

It’s great to have done the risk assessment and fixed the problems you can. But you will need to document it.  When you employ staff, there are legal responsibilities to reasonably prevent risks  they face. But also make staff aware of the risks that they may face all points of recruitment.

Tip: It must be in black and white for compliance. Your staff will have some great methods of staff engagement with health and safety. Why not boost moral and ask them to come up with ideas that champion, good health and safety.


  1. Keep it up.

Invest time in your company’s health and safety continuously. This is not a one time job, but like your marketing or your HR it’s something that you will need to keep investing in.

Tip: Why not start your team meetings with any health and safety concerns? It keeps it on everyone’s adgenda and ensures that it does not get pushed to one side and forgotten.


  1. Budget for it.

There are only a few months left before the new financial year. Before you finalise your budgets make sure that you budget for health and safety, and your training. We can help you with health and safety, fire audits and training.

If this feels like something you can not do, then contact the RAS team today for a conversation about good health and safety, using the booking form below.

First Aid, Recovery Position, Blue gloves, space blanket, Foil blanket

One Free First Aid Training Places for Two Charities.

In Autumn 2018, Simon Daniels, a BBC Sound Engineer, used his life saving skills to promote recovery of Glen Hoddle, the BBC TV pundit. Daniel’s First Aid training, confidence, quick thinking, and rapid action changed the outcome for Glen Hoddle. But could you?

First Aid is a life-saving skill and designed to be hands-on. Just eight hours of your time in a fun, relaxed and encouraging environment, will enable you to provide basic first aid whilst you are waiting for help to arrive. 

The Round Table of Rugby (113), are very generously sponsoring two places on a First Aid Course in these potentially life-saving skills. The One Day Emergency First Aid Course is on Friday 15th February  and will be delivered by RAS: Risk Advisory Service, approved NUCO Trainer. The course, which meets HSE’s requirements, is a lively and fun day, making complex medical information digestible. 

To apply for one of the two places, send an email to detailing why you would like to have your place funded by The Round Table of Rugby. Your application should be sent in a covering letter detailing the charity you work for and what your role is, including the name, address of the CEO and Charity Commission number. Please title your email – Application for Round Table of Rugby February 2019. 

 “It is important that all workers including volunteers have access to First Aid equipment and qualified people. The cost to obtain the necessary knowledge and advice can be costly which is why Rugby Round Table are happy to sponsor these places for each course held in Rugby. You never know when you might need First Aid help, but will there be someone close by that knows what to do?

Malcolm Freeman from Rugby Round Table

Nisha Kaduskar the Director of RAS: Risk Advisory Service, says ‘We are delighted to have the Round Table of Rugby on board as sponsors for the two places. It shows the continued commitment of The Round Table of Rugby to the charities and people of Rugby and of the RAS: Risk Advisory Service to deliver training where it creates the biggest impact.’

First Aid – Sally’s Boys

Sally’s Boys

why do we need to learn First Aid or CPR? We have the 999 Emergency Service and the NHS.

According to St John Ambulance annually there are 140,000  related emergencies where a First Aider could have made a significant difference. In just one day you can learn how to do life saving First Aid including CPR and use an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator or a defib). But statistics are a bit dull so let me tell you Sally’s story.

Sally’s Story.

Seven years ago Sally* spent the few days before Christmas in hospital with a chest infection. But being Christmas, the hospital were keen to send a distressed Sally home to her family. Sally had been planning a family Christmas for months and was upset she might miss it.  Inparticular Sally’s four year old grand-daughter, who loved Christmas almost as much as Sally.

Christmas morning arrived with snow, that was deep and crips and even. The still poorly Sally got up to put the turkey in the oven. Sally collasped. She stopped breathing and very quickly afterwards her heart stopped.

Thankfully, both Sally’s son’s had undertaken a First Aid course and once the lack of breath had been identified they took proactive actions. One phone the ambulance, mobilised the local farmer to clear the road of snow, corralled family into another room, moved family cars and made the route as clearas they could for the ambulance crew. The other started CPR until his brother could take over.

It was a snowy Christmas morning and it took the ambulance 35 minutes to reach the family.  Both son’s exhausted, but refusing to give up doing CPR; did everything they could to keep their Mum with them. The ambulance crew rushed Sally back into hospital where the team continued to save her life.

Seven years on, Sally, her husband and dogs have moved house to be closer to both sons and their four children. Sally has a slight resting tremor and can get a bit confused when tired. But is a very busy and devoted Grandmother of four! Both sons said if they hadn’t done CPR their Mum would not be here today.

Book your First Aid course today. Don’t put it off there might not be a tomorrow.

The team at RAS: Risk Advisory Service all deliver and certify a range of First Aid qualifications. Some First Aid courses are just a day long, others are longer and more indepth. How much your First Aid course will cost, what equipment your need and how long it takes to qualify, will depend upon your need. If you are a mountain rescue volunteer then your First Aid needs will be different to someone who works in an office or shop. Both need the basics like CPR or kiss of life, and how to use an AED or defib.

RAS: RIsk Advisory Service has a First Aid Course on 22 November in Coventry. Click here to book your place.