NHS Choices say chemical burns require immediate medical attention at an A&E department. If you're helping someone else, they advise to put on appropriate protective clothing and then:
Remove any contaminated clothing on the person
If the chemical is dry, brush it off their skin
Use running water to remove any traces of the chemical from the burnt area
The most important first aid is to immediately wash affected body part of patient with plenty of fresh or saline water.
Don’t rinse the burn area with dirty water as it can cause severe infection.
Keep flushing the affected burn area with plenty of cool water,(not very cold) until the patient’s burning sensation starts fading. It may take 30-45 minutes.
Remove all the jewellery or clothing which had contact with acid.
Don’t apply any kind of cream, ointment on the affected area as it may slow the treatment procedure by doctors.
If possible, use sterilized gauze to loosely wrap the affected area. The gauze protects the skin from air, debris, dirt and contamination.
Rush the patient to a burn specialty hospital having isolated wards for burn patients.
Many health advice sites warn against using a hard spray of water on the affected area as it could possibly lead to more damage. “If possible, find out what chemical caused the burn and tell the healthcare professionals at A&E,”
First aid for burns - NHS Choices advice
Stop the burning process as soon as possible. This may mean removing the person from the area, dousing flames with water, or smothering flames with a blanket.
Remove any clothing or jewellery near the burnt area of skin.
However, don't try to remove anything that's stuck to the burnt skin as this could cause more damage.
Cool the burn with cool or lukewarm running water for 20 minutes, as soon as possible after the injury.
Cover the burn with cling film. Put the cling film in a layer over the burn, rather than wrapping it around a limb.
Treat the pain from a burn with paracetamol or ibuprofen.
Sit upright as much as possible if the face or eyes are burnt.
Alcohol and Safety Education Resource
A resource to be used to give young people the opportunity to explore alcohol and safety. Ideal for use in schools, youth groups, uniformed organisations, colleges or for parents, the pack includes activities, discussion points and practical illustrations. The pack is free to download and use.
ROC Angels local projects serve on the front line of communities. This national guidance will help local projects become more vigilant in this area. It is widely recognised that communities defeat terrorism and these resources will help make us more aware.
The issue of Asylum Seekers and Refugees is constantly in the media. In our work within the night-time economy we may come across asylum seekers and refugees. All asylum seekers should know to contact Migrant Help if they need anything - Migrant Help (migranthelpuk.org) – and most will also be supported by a local asylum/refugee charity.
Refer to Migrant Help
Get to know your local asylum/refugee charity – City of Sanctuary network is a good place to start finding out who the local contacts are. The local charities will be able to support or signpost to pretty much anything asylum seekers will need
This video 'The Sanctuary Seekers of Bradford' is worth a watch to help gain an insight to asylum seekers and refugees looking at making a home in the UK:
British Transport Police Railway Guardian App
British Transport Police’s (BTP's) bystander intervention campaign ‘Speak Up, Interrupt' has launched, calling on bystanders to report sexual harassment on the railway.
Reports can be made by texting 61016 or via the new ‘Railway Guardian’ App.
BTP's new App ‘Railway Guardian’ app is now available to download on the Apple and Google Play stores. The app contains guides and advice on what information to report and examples of how to be an active bystander. In an emergency, you should always call 999.
The campaign has been developed in conjunction with industry partners, based on research from charities, campaign groups, and bystander behaviour experts. The aims of the campaign are to empower bystanders and witnesses of all forms of inappropriate sexual behaviour on the network to report incidents or safely intervene where they can, while we continue to boost specialist patrols and target hotspot locations.
Basic break away techniques when someone grabs your arm/wrist same side. i.e they grab your left arm with their right hand / grab your right arm with their left hand.
Escape from cross arm grab. Their right hand to your right arm . repeat for left side.
Depending on the confidence of the participants other escape/control techniques can be covered to include escape from shoulder grabs & hair grabs from the front and rear finishing with control techniques bringing the issue to a close including handing over to the police if necessary.
It's Not Your Fault - a short film about Hannah, a young woman trapped in an abusive relationship with Scott. It highlights the different levels/types of abuse women or men may experience in an abusive relationship.
Acting Out Productions use drama, based on real stories, forum theatre and other methods of audience interaction to bring the learning alive. We create an environment and vehicle in which delegates can debate, think creatively and achieve greater knowledge and insight into mental health issues. We aim to nurture a mindset where practical solutions and emotional intelligence can flourish. This group comes highly recommended.
Mental Health First Aid training (online)
Online Mental Health First Aid Training with ROC Angels staff and associates receiving 10% off Through a blend of Online instructor-led live sessions and self-learning activities, you will:
– Develop practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues – Gain confidence to reassure and support a person in distress – Learn how to guide them to further support for recovery
Upon completion of the course, you will be a recognised either Adult or Youth Mental Health First Aider (MHFAider®) accredited with MHFA England.
Got questions? Drop Adult and Youth instructor Jamie Green a message at email@example.com . Want to book? View the latest courses here https://bit.ly/37oQqUe Are you getting ready for festivals and want to complete the training with friends? No problem, get in touch! Jamie will arrange a 2-day online course with 8+ delegates at your convenience.
Images with various tips to help people have a SafeNightOut.party. These are available to download and share on social media, websites, etc and help remind people to have a safe and fun night out. The poster images also link to Ask for Angela a nationally recognised campaign where if you feel like you are not in a safe situation you simply go to the bar staff and ask for 'Angela' - the bar staff will know you need help getting out of your situation and will help you out discreetly. The WalkSafe app is another prevention tool that ROC Angels promotes.
Sexual Abuse / Sexual Harassment / Rape Support Line:
First ever 24/7 Support Line for victims of rape and sexual abuse in England to provide victims with round-the-clock help on 0808 500 2222 and via www.247sexualabusesupport.org.uk
Dispatches (Channel 4) have produced a video showing the reality of sexual harassment for women who are drunk and alone - watch here.
The app WalkSafe is bringing police crime data, community reported data and soon CCTV and ‘safe zone’ data together, all plotted on maps with information icons, allowing the user to plot safer journeys, understand local crime hotspots and to help others make better safety decisions. The app also has a human ‘satnav’ feature, which allows the user to plot their walks avoiding trouble spots, and also inviting their ‘circle of protectors’ to monitor them on their journey. WalkSafe’s mission is to make everyone’s world a safer place, we believe our apps and our broader company strategy will do exactly that. Download from the Google Play or App Store. More details at walksafe.io . See here for some ROC Angels videos around Walksafe.
The views expressed within these training modules are not necessarily the views of ROC Angels. The links are offered to help volunteers be more aware of the various issues.