Free workshops for promoters and venue managers

The first Arts Live Network Gathering takes place at A’ the Airts, Sanquhar, over the weekend of 9 and 10 December and venue managers and performing arts promoters are invited to take part in a choice of two free courses on the Sunday.

QA Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work

The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations Act 1981 requires all employers to make arrangements to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work.

This includes carrying out a risk assessment, appointing a suitable amount of first aiders and providing appropriate first aid training.

Although these regulations only relate to employees, performing arts promoters and venue managers are nevertheless under a legal duty to protect the health and safety of staff, volunteers, self-employed people, touring companies and members of the public. It is therefore good practice that someone knows what to do and how to do it when an emergency situation takes place during an event.

The QA Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (RQF) qualification is designed for individuals who wish to act as an emergency first aider in their workplace or provide quality first aid training for their employees or volunteers. Upon successful completion of the course, candidates will be equipped with the essential skills needed to give safe, prompt and effective first aid in emergency situations.

Chris Marshall of Events First Aid and Rescue will lead this accredited one-day course on Emergency First Aid at Work. The certificate at the end will be valid for three years.

During the course, promoters will learn:

  • The roles and responsibilities of an emergency first-aider
  • How to assess an incident
  • How to manage an unresponsive casualty
  • CPR and defibrillation
  • Recovery position
  • How to deal with choking, seizures and shock
  • Wounds and bleeding
  • Minor injuries: cuts, grazes, bruises, minor burns and scalds

Sound and Lighting Workshop

John Dinning, sound engineer, Sound Travels, will introduce and create an understanding of the basic elements of technical sound and lighting required for live entertainment shows.

The workshop will cover the use, benefits, problems and techniques of different microphones and how to set up and operate small PA and lighting systems.

The workshop includes a live musician set for participants to try out their technical skills.

These courses are free and form part of the Arts Live Network Gathering taking place between 9 and 10 December at A’ the Airts, Sanquhar.