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Blog posts from Centaur Training Services (North West) Ltd, a leading provider of training courses in the UK. based in Leyland, Lancashire

At Centaur, we have a wide range of training courses available to suit both businesses and individuals . Our courses include First Aid, Food Safety, Manual Handling, Fire Safety, Health and Social Care and Health and Safety training courses as well as many more.

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Please contact us if you would like any information or you would like to discuss your exact training requirements. Our dedicated team will be happy to answer any questions you may have and can tailor a training package to suit you.

Centaur Training Services (North West) Ltd
1st Floor Farington Mill
Centurion Industrial Estate
PR25 4GU

Phone: 01772 433080


Manager training worker for health and safety measure

Handle with care

There are an estimated eight million UK adults suffering from chronic back pain. In fact, the results of a  2018 survey of 8,000 chronic pain sufferers compiled by leading pain therapist Liebscher & Brachtsurvey shows the extent of the problem, identifying that almost two-thirds of women experienced lower back pain, compared to 55% of men. This not only makes life pretty miserable for sufferers but also has a huge impact within the employment market, with retail workers and labourers identified as the most at risk. Back pain alone accounts for 40% of sickness absence in the NHS, and overall, it costs the UK economy £10bn a year.

Protecting your back is just one very important reason why you should learn to handle not only with care but with the correct techniques and procedures in place. A greater understanding of safe manual handling procedures within the workplace can lessen the risk of injury not only to the individual who has been trained but to others.

Specialist training for manual moving and handling should meet the needs of regulations and legislation, and aim to improve health and safety, and include the completion of a comprehensive manual handling risk assessment.

Centaur Training’s ‘Generic Moving & Handling’ course fulfils all regulation requirements and also identifies the moving and handling principles, types of equipment and testing associated with manual handling safety to ensure the safety of employees and customers alike. Students also learn practical techniques to help with safe and efficient manual handling and the principles that protect the back from injury.

If your workplace, business or school wants to gain a greater knowledge and understanding of manual handling procedures and lessen the risk of injury,  the Generic Moving & Handling course will give you all the tools and techniques you need to protect yourself and others.

We also run a wide scope of First Aid courses, some of which are available in a e-learning format.

Mental Health in the Workplace

Mental Health in the Workplace

There is still a stigma attached to mental health problems, but fortunately, things are improving as it is talked about increasingly in the public arena. However, many people still feel uncomfortable talking about mental health issues and this can stop them from getting help and weigh them down for a long time.

Mental health problems have a wide range of effects; it could be as simple as having a setback and struggling to shrug off how that makes you feel, or it can run much deeper and be part of your everyday life which can, as we know, lead to serious long-term conditions.

The vast majority of people who suffer mental health problems can recover, or at the very least learn to live with them, especially if they get help early on. There is a wide scope of diagnoses that clinicians use to classify symptoms into groups.

A few common mental health issues are:

  • stress (whilst not classed as a medical condition, it can still have a serious impact on wellbeing and is the cause of many lost work hours in the west)
  • depression
  • anxiety

Less common conditions include:

  • bipolar disorder
  • schizophrenia

As an employer, you have a duty of care to your employees. This means not only that they are physically safe; working environment, equipment and protected from discrimination, but also that their mental well-being is considered. Also, a mental health issue can be considered a disability under the law, and employers must be vigilant not to discriminate against an employee because of their disability.

In order to get a better understanding of the issues and ensure as an employer, you are aware of and can help employees who are suffering from mental health issues; it is advisable to get your line managers trained. They have day-to-day contact with the workforce and are best placed to talk to any employee who needs help. A Mental Health in the Workplace training course, like those provided by Centaur Training, will, help line managers become more mental health aware. This course covers a number of areas including:

  • Recognising possible signs and symptoms of a person that has mental ill-health
  • Understanding Mental Health and its stigma
  • Using a Mental Health Action Plan to help those in crisis or need
  • Finding external professional help and guidance
  • The law in relation to mental health and the workplace
  • Best practice in the workplace

This is a one-day course and FAIB (First Aid Industry Body) accredited.

Why is AED Training Important?

Why is AED training important?

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). A sudden cardiac arrest is when the victim’s heart stops beating, they will collapse, lose consciousness and will stop breathing.

SCAs strike without warning and leave the victim in need of urgent medical intervention. The use of an AED can improve survival rates by 50 to 75%, combined with cardiopulmonary resuscitation and using an AED gives an unresponsive person, who is not breathing, the best possible chance of survival.


Is a primary school child too young to learn first aid?

The quick answer is absolutely not!  Learning first aid is an invaluable life-skill and children become more aware of potential hazards and gain skills that can keep them safe and enable them to help others if there is a medical emergency.

According to St John Ambulance, seven out of 10 children say they wouldn’t know how to help if someone was hurt and would like to learn first aid. Primary school children are more than capable of learning first aid skills, and by learning what to do in common emergency situations either by administering first aid themselves, giving others direction or/and calling the emergency services, a child can acquire the potential to save their own or another’s life.