“Flying Blues know how to be Healthy & Safe”


Two teams of Air Cadets competed in a Health and Safety Quiz with the trustees of the British Safety Council (BSC) this week [19 July 2011] and won! The cadets from 358 Welling Squadron, Kent Wing were representing the Air Cadet Organisation at the event held at the British Safety Council Training Centre in Hammersmith, West London.

The event was an opportunity for the trustees of the BSC to meet with some of the Air Cadets who have benefited from the completion of the new ACO course; Entry Level Award in Workplace Hazard Awareness (Level 3) (ELA) that has been organised and sponsored via the BSC, at no charge to the cadets. The trustees chatted with the cadets at a  buffet supper before the competition,  and as a number of the trustees are either ex-Air Cadets or parents of ex-cadets they were able to share their own cadet experiences with the youngsters.

When the final scores were in, the Air Cadets team “Flying Blues” had come 1st with the other cadet team in 3rd place. With four other teams tying for 4th place it was a hotly contested competition. Konrad MLUDZINSKI, Business development manager for the BSC commented “The cadets did very well considering the trustees include a number of senior representatives from the Heath & Safety Executive and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), Well done to them all”

The ELA raises young peoples awareness of hazards in the workplace before work experience or their first job, as a young person is injured at work every forty minutes and sixty six young people have died at work in the last ten years.

The course itself consists of a number of elements; the identification of risks in a work place and understanding health hazards, safety hazards, and the harm they do; the need for providing a healthy and safe working environment for employees and the consequences of poor health and safety; the responsibilities of an employee to ensure they are health and safe at work; the benefits of good health and safety and the consequences of poor health and safety; understanding the need and purpose of personal protection equipment and identifying the four basic types of safety signs and how they are used.  The objective of the ELA is to keep young people safe and is totally inclusive. Cadet Benjamin WHITE (16) has profound and severe learning difficulties and he was the first cadet on the Welling squadron to complete the work book [he is pictured with Konrad].

The ELA carries a 3.5 point score of schools achievement and attainment tables, is approved under Section 96/97 of the Learning and Skill Act 2000, and is accredited in the Qualifications and Credit Framework.

Flt Lt Cottier, officer commanding 358 Welling Squadron, and  an ACO volunteer tutor for the BSC said  “Sadly, there are numerous examples of young people being injured or killed in the first moments of their working lives. Lack of experience, lack of awareness, lack of training, lack of supervision and a fear of speaking up, make young workers vulnerable to injury. The ELA equips them with the basic skills they need to keep themselves safe at work” 

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