Our Impact

Our Impact

We take our environmental impact seriously.

We set in-house impact targets each year and strive to achieve them.

It’s just what we do; not because we have to, but because we should do.
Our environmental impact targets are monitored & reviewed regularly. If there is something else that we can add, we will, and you’ll be able to read about it here.

Plastics & Packaging

Absolutely crushing it!

We’re immensely proud to be members of the Surfers Against Sewage: Ocean Network, removing plastics from the beaches and seas around the UK.

You have helped us to fund the removal of 243Kg of plastic removed from the sea and counting!

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All our first aid CPR manikins use single-use recyclable plastic lungs. The manufacturers guidance on how to minimise cross-contamination between candidates requires replacing each set of lungs between each course.

This has now been increased given the Covid-19 pandemic, to one set of lungs per candidate. These are broken down into hard and soft plastics & recycled using municipal recycling schemes.

We’re always looking for more environmentally friendly options, including the possibility of disassembly of the lungs & sterile cleaning of the parts. Fiddly, but potentially viable.

CPR manikin faces are also wiped using a small plastic wipes. You can read how we’re managing the use of these below.

All other plastics & packaging is segregated, cleaned where necessary & recycled using commercial & municipal recycling schemes.

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Carbon Dioxide

On Target

We’re immensely proud to be working in partnership with JUST ONE Tree. Our partnership means that every time you book on a course, we donate a portion of your course fee to JUST ONE Tree.

JUST ONE Tree is a non-profit initiative who work to reverse biodiversity loss through global reforestation, helping to remove CO2 from the atmosphere. JUST ONE Tree plant trees on land and kelp forests in the oceans, restoring the entire ecosystem.

Trees are planted in areas severely affected by deforestation to maximise the effect on reducing global warming. In the process, they help to provide agricultural education and sustainable incomes to local communities.

They also focus on helping to shape the next generation of planet-conscious thinkers, by bringing environmental education into the classrooms with lesson plans and JUST ONE Tree Day (15th October).

To date;

  • 1677 Trees planted
  • 20.66 tonnes of CO2 removed from the atmosphere each year (approx.)
  • 516.52 tonnes of CO2 removed from the atmosphere over the next 25 years (approx.)
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Paper

On Target

This year we’re continuing to reduce the amount of fresh, bleached white A4 paper that we use to an absolute minimum.

This is being achieved by re-using as much used paper as we can. Exam question papers will be reused where possible. Single use paper, such as that used for exam answer sheets, will be printed on lower grade paper that has received less chemical treatment. All paper will be from recycled paper stocks and sourced responsibly.

Prior to recycling, anything with confidential or identifiable information, is cross-cut shredded. Paper that doesn’t contain confidential or identifiable information won’t be shredded before recycling. This in turn will will help to minimise our electrical consumption.

We continue to investigate ways in which we can move our paper forms online. The slight increase in electricity consumption in using electronic forms will far outweigh the amount of electricity used in the production of the paper.

Certificates

Target Achieved!

All our course certificates are now issued in pdf format by default. This has had a significant impact on the amount of paper that both the Awarding Organisation (for Ofqual accredited courses) & we use.

This change has been driven by the expectations of our clients as HR departments expect to receive certificates in electronic format. It also significantly reduces our environmental impact in terms of resources used & the waste products created during printing.

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Electricity

On Target

LEDs: Our offices only use LED light bulbs and we’re upgrading to a battery powered/low power consumption LED projector soon.

LEDs consume less electricity, meaning reduced emissions from fossil fuels.

We’re investigating the sale/donation of our existing projector (a 2017 model), negating its disposal.

Our laptop computers have long battery run times meaning that some courses can be run “off-grid”.

Batteries

Target Achieved!

We use a lot of AA and AAA batteries on our courses as they power our training defibrillators & remote controls.

In 2020 we invested in rechargeable batteries & now have enough to power all of our training equipment.

We have also upgraded our battery rechargers to “intelligent” versions that only charge the batteries as they need it, including trickle charging them. This means less electricity used to charge the batteries and that the batteries will last longer over all.

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First Aid Training Materials

On Target

Gloves

We’re pleased to announce that we have managed to find an alternative to single use medical/food grade gloves. These are equally type approved, but are compostable, so make a significant contribution to reducing the waste that we generate as a business. As soon as our current supply of gloves are exhausted, we’ll only be using the compostable variety.

Bandages

Our first aid training materials are sourced from out of date stock where possible, but we do have to buy in new stock occasionally. Traditionally we’ve re-used our bandages a few times before they become to “tatty” to reuse and we have to replace them.

Sadly reuse of single use bandages has had to cease during the Covid-19 pandemic, so that we can minimise the possibility of transmitting the virus between candidates and courses. We now supply each candidate with a bandage for their use on the course, which is disposed of at the end of the course. 

Candidates are always encouraged to take bandages with them to practice with later at home. The plastic wrappers that the bandages come in, along with the paper sleeve, continue to be recycled.

We are always glad to receive donations from clients of their out of date resources which can no longer be used in workplace first aid kits. If you have some that we can make use of, please email us so that we can liaise over their collection/delivery.

Crepe bandages

When we use of Crepe bandages, they’re washed between courses to ensure hygiene and safety between uses.

Calico triangular bandages

Calico triangular bandages are used on multi-day first aid courses & they’re washed between courses to ensure hygiene and safety.

Fire Extinguishers

On Target

During our fire marshal courses that include the use of fire extinguishers, we only use extinguishers filled with either water or Carbon Dioxide. All our extinguishers are sourced second-hand & many of them have been refilled prior to acquisition.

Our water filled fire extinguishers are refilled by our suppliers, but our CO2 fire extinguishers are more difficult to refill due to the lack of companies who can undertake this work.

We now donate all our used CO2 fire extinguishers to a local resident who repurposes them into sculptures and other pieces of artwork.

Travel

On Target

We travel extensively throughout the UK delivering our courses. While this isn’t exactly environmentally friendly, the concept of the trainer going to the group of students, rather than the other way around, does minimise the road miles per course.

The Euro 5 Emissions Standard compliant vehicle that we use returns an average of 65-70mpg on motorways & 47mpg around town.

It’s also a few years old, meaning that we’re helping by not contributing to additional vehicles on the road, or the use of energy in the production of a new vehicle.

We’ve also invested in video technology, meaning that we can run elements of courses online. The Covid-19 pandemic has meant a significant reduction in miles travelled year on year. Ultimately this means that we’ve produced significantly less vehicle emissions since pre-pandemic times.

Food Waste

On Target

We produce very little food waste as part of our courses. Naturally there is some waste created by students own lunches which is disposed of in waste bins.

During our two day outdoor food safety courses, which include elements of game meat preparation & cookery, there is a greater amount of waste created. This is segregated & disposed of appropriately.

Raw & cooked vegetables are composted. Raw meats & carcasses are typically disposed of in accordance with local Environmental Health Officer requirements. On occasion, these are, at the request of the land owners, returned to nature.

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Anti-Bacterial & Anti-Viral Cleaning

Crushing it!

High-risk training resources, such as our first aid CPR manikins faces are wiped down between each student using them. Traditionally they’ve been wiped down using single-use anti-bacterial/anti-viral wipes, similar to “wet wipes”. Unfortunately these are a challenge to recycle in the UK,  while“Fine to Flush” wipes simply don’t posess the same cleaning properties.

Since the end of Lockdown 1.0, we have been using a 70% v/v solution of isopropyl alcohol to sanitise our training resources. This has worked really well & we have now moved to using cloths made from 90% bamboo (one of the worlds most sustainable fibres) to help ensure the spread of this cleansing solution.

Chemicals

On Target

Our use of chemical cleaners & hand sanitiser has dramatically increased since the outbreak of Covid-19. We now clean all reusable training equipment, training room surfaces and touchpoints with isopropyl alcohol 70% v/v. This is one of the most effective sanitising agents available.

We’ve also received significant help recently from Diverse Select, who gifted us a case of alcohol-free hand sanitiser for us to use on our courses.

Generally, we produce very little in the way of waste chemicals, other than the diluted sterilisation solution used to clean the first aid manikins. This is a food safe sterilisation chemical (typically Milton, or similar) created in small batches as & when required. It’s then disposed of in accordance with manufacturers instructions.

Our Beliefs

We believe you should have the knowledge and training you need, to meet or exceed your workplace and legal obligations.

We believe that the training should be available in a way that suits you the most and at a time that’s most convenient for you.

So that’s what we do.

Everything else!

Our Values

  1. Provide you with the best training possible.
  2. Learn more today, to be better tomorrow
  3. Live the Charter for Employers Positive about Mental Health.
  4. Promote equality, diversity and inclusion.
  5. Do what’s right, even if it’s not right for us.
  6. Maintain the highest level of integrity.
  7. Continually further our commitments to Social Value and Environmental Responsibility.

Everything Else

On Target

If there is anything that doesn’t fall into the categories listed above, they’ll;

  • Be reused where possible
  • Be repurposed, sold, given away or recycled where not.
  • Be disposed of in accordance with manufacturers guidelines, when all other options have been exhausted.

If you have any suggestions of where we could improve our impact further, or you’d like to discuss your training, please email us now.

Trusted Training Partner

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