Workplace Safety 101: Getting Your Workplace Ready for Any Accident
According to the National Safety Council, “every 7 seconds a worker is injured on the job.” As scary as this statistic is, it is a reality that workplaces must face when equipping their team and their environments to be a place of safety. Safety isn’t something that just happens, it is an approach that requires significant effort to be put in by all members of the workplace: workers, builders, management, cleaners, and anyone else who is working! Accidents WILL happen in any workplace, and they can be anything from a slip and fall to a heart emergency or allergic reaction. The question becomes, are you ready to help people when those accidents do occur? Take a look at how you can equip your employees and yourself to get your workplace ready for any accident!
First Aid Training
When it comes to improving the safety of your workplace and preparing for accidents, the most common way that employers can equip their team is through first aid training. These comprehensive, hands-on courses share the information necessary to save a life and act fast in a variety of accidents and emergencies. Most first aid training courses will go in-depth of topics such as:
- How to respond to emergencies
- Using a first aid kit
- Circulation emergencies
- CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)
- Using an AED
- Breathing emergencies
- Wound care
- Head, neck, and spinal injuries
- Bone, muscle, and joint injuries
- Sudden medical emergencies
- Environmental illnesses
- And more!
Many workplaces will require that their employees are first aid trained before hiring (some requiring recertification every year!), while others may not have this as a requirement. For those workplaces that do not require first aid training, it is an important addition to add to your OHS budget. Because if all of your staff are trained to save a life, wouldn’t that greatly reduce your risk of things going wrong? The answer is yes! Get your team signed up at First Edition First Aid Training to receive Corporate Onsite First Aid Training held at YOUR location! Perfect for groups of 8 or more, you can achieve the training you need while staying in the convenience of your workplace!
Bistrainer Online Courses
According to CCOHS, “in 2017, 951 workplace fatalities were recorded in Canada, an increase of 46 from the previous year.” When workers are not trained and made aware of the risks and dangers of their work, fatalities can occur. But with proper training, these statistics can be reduced! Whether your company focuses on heavy lifting, electrical repairs, construction, or even wilderness exploration on job sites, there is a course for you and your team on Bistrainer!
This online course website offers unique programs, courses, certifications, and safety moments for teams in various industries. Although it may seem like safety moments and additional training are a bore for your employees, a simple reminder of the risks and precautions they should take could be just the thing to save their lives when the moment arises. The Bistrainer website has an enormous selection of safety training courses that you can share with your team. These courses include:
- Ariel and Scissor Lift Safety
- Back Safety (in the office or in industrial environments)
- Chemical Safety
- Emergency Preparedness and Response
- Fall Protection
- Housekeeping and Maintenance
- Job Hazard Analysis
- Leadership for Safety
- Office Ergonomics
- Performing Safety Inspections
- Safety Awareness for New Employees
- Wilderness Awareness
- Workplace Safety for Office Professionals
- And hundreds of other courses!
Find the courses that are relevant to your industry and job, and strive to improve workplace safety through the creation of awareness, training, and providing your team with the skills they need to stay safe.
Installing an AED
Just as accidents require quick thinking and action, cardiac arrest is one of those emergencies that need immediate attention. The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada found that each year, roughly 35,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest in Canada. Despite this fact, many workplaces aren’t prepared to help! When about 1 in 12 people live with heart disease, making them susceptible to these heart emergencies (according to Canada.ca), why is it that workplaces aren’t getting prepared? The reason holding them back is often the price (see our blog on the cheapest AED!) and because many do not realize that even the healthiest person can suffer a heart emergency!
But let’s remember you can’t put a price on a life!
Heart attacks and cardiac arrest can happen to ANYONE, young or old, healthy or unhealthy. It is for this reason that, to prevent fatalities, an AED needs to be nearby when these emergencies occur. For every minute that a person suffering a cardiac arrest does not receive the assistance of an AED, their survival rate drops 7-10%. Is your workplace ready to take that risk? Probably not! The best way to improve the chance of saving a life from these types of emergencies is to install an AED in your workplace. Working in a multi-level building? Having an AED on every floor will ensure that the defibrillator can be retrieved quickly and efficiently (within 60 seconds). Install an AED, and be prepared for ANY and EVERY emergency!
Ready to make your workplace safety top-notch? Use these workplace safety additions to improve your workplace readiness. So, if Johnny cuts himself in the kitchen, Stacey has a cardiac arrest at her desk, or Zack gets into a road accident in front of your building, YOU will be prepared for it all!