First aid and CPR Training at the workplace
Accidents can happen anytime and anywhere. On the road, at a public place like a park, at home, and also the workplace. Even with the effective safety measures put in place to prevent accidents, there is still a possibility that they may occur.
Be prepared. The worst can happen.
Whatever industry your business belongs to, there always seems to be an accident waiting to happen; either as a result of wet floors or mistakenly getting your finger caught in a filing cabinet. So be prepared for a case of emergency.
In July of 2012, an employee was sitting at his workstation in Kansas City, Mo. and suffered cardiac arrest. Two co-workers immediately began CPR while another called the emergency number. Security officers arrived with an automated external defibrillator (AED). The employee received a shock from the AED, regained a pulse, and began breathing again. Another co-worker administered oxygen before paramedics arrived to take over care and transport the employee to the hospital. He underwent emergency surgery and has now returned to work as a result of First Aid and CPR/AED training and great teamwork!
Is my business required to have a first aid and CPR training?
The OSHA First Aid standard (29 CFR 1910.151) requires trained first-aid providers at all workplaces of any size if there is no institution for the care of those who are ill, or hospital in near proximity to the workplace which is used for the treatment of all injured employees. In addition to first-aid requirements of 29 CFR 1910.151, several OSHA standards also require training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) because sudden cardiac arrest from asphyxiation, electrocution, or exertion may occur.
Some OSHA standards requiring CPR training are:
- 1910.146 Permit-required Confined Spaces.
- 1910.266 Appendix B: Logging Operations – First-Aid and CPR Training.
- 1910.269 Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution.
- 8 1910.410 Qualifications of Dive Team.
- 1926.950 Construction Subpart V, Power Transmission and Distribution.
If an employee is expected to render first aid as part of his or her job duties, the employee is covered by the requirements of the Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens standard (29 CFR 1910.1030). This standard includes specific training requirements.
Benefits of First aid and CPR Training at the workplace
Even though your company may not be required to have First aid and CPR training by law, there are many practical benefits of First aid and CPR training in the office.
- It saves lives, training gives the knowledge and confidence to effectively manage an emergency without fear or confusion.
- Employees become more safety aware, this helps bring down the number of accidents in the workplace.
- Trained employees know what is in their first aid kit, how to use its contents and ways to react in an emergency.
Also, when your staff get the opportunity to learn a skill together, it brings them closer together. Employees want to know that they work in a supportive environment where their needs are taken into consideration. First aid and CPR training potentially make your workplace not only safe but also a corporative environment. There is another additional benefit of workplace safety training. You can create a stronger sense of loyalty and commitment by showing you care about their well-being. Even though that can go a long way toward creating an excellent work environment, take time and let them know you value them as employees.
CPR/First Aid/AED training at Back Office Remedies
Last month, Back Office Remedies held a CPR/First Aid/AED training for its employees. This motivated our employees to work together and develop their strengths as individuals and as team members. This training encouraged collaboration rather than competition between each other. As each employee took turns learning the fundamentals of CPR and First Aid they had to lean on their co-workers for support.
When you have CPR/First Aid training in your company, make sure that they engaged with each other. This will help them in the future when working together to carry out the requirements of their jobs.
How much does it cost?
Providing First aid and CPR training doesn’t cost much, but it does go a long way when ensuring workplace health and safety.
Individuals can take a CPR training to learn emergency response skills, and healthcare providers can take a training to renew their certification. Most CPR certifications are relevant for two years. Prices for classes vary based on the class length and content. On average a CPR training costs about $54.00 a person.
Nobody expects the worst to happen. Just one wrong move or decision can result in an accident. All the more reasons why you need to make sure that your workplace is safe for your employees.
Back Office Remedies provides CPR/First Aid training class conducted by a Red Cross certified instructor as well as various safety programs. If you’re considering introducing first aid and CPR training to your workplace, contact us on how to do so and to set up a training.
Updated on October 24, 2017 20:31