CPR and FIRST AID OSHA Compliance & Beyond
Ensuring your staff has had CPR and first aid training in the workplace is important because it can save a life. While OSHA regulations technically state that first aid training is only required if there isn’t ‘an infirmary, clinic, or hospital in near proximity to the workplace,’ a reasonable distance has been defined as 3-4 minutes away from the workplace. OSHA safety and first aid standards defined below.
OSHA letter explaining standards for first aid training in general industry, 29 CFR 1910.151(b), provides:
In the absence of an infirmary, clinic, or hospital in near proximity to the workplace which is used for the treatment of all injured employees, a person or persons shall be adequately trained to render first aid. Adequate first aid supplies shall be readily available.
In the construction industry, 29 CFR 1926.50(c) provides:
In the absence of an infirmary clinic, hospital, or physician, that is reasonably accessible in terms of time and distance to the worksite, which is available for the treatment of injured employees, a person who has a valid certificate in first-aid training from the U.S. Bureau of Mines, the American Red Cross, or equivalent training that can be verified by documentary evidence, shall be available at the worksite to render first aid.
Seconds become critical in an emergency, and can be the difference between life, death or even permanent damage to vital organs. If someone in the workplace suddenly has a heart attack, stroke or other cardiac episode and you have properly trained staff, that individual has a higher chance of survival. If your workplace has been trained on proper CPR techniques or has been taught to use an automated external defibrillator (AED), reacting in an emergency can become second nature, after calling 9-1-1. And, as important, it could also reduce the risk of that individual suffering permanent damage to their heart, brain, and other vital organs. How? Well, that is the purpose of CPR, it helps keep the oxygen flowing through the body until help arrives. CPR training, AED training, and first aid training is important to any workplace, no matter the industry.
While employers are generally motivated by compliance requirements when certifying employees neglecting safety training in the workplace, particularly CPR or first aid training, is not a mistake you want to make in an emergency. Some industries even require all employees to be trained in first aid, CPR or other safety requirements, so it’s better to be ‘safe than sorry’!
It is important to note that the leading cause of death among adults over 40 years old in the U.S. is sudden cardiac arrest, a.k.a. heart attack. Unfortunately, a large majority do not live to see another day. With CPR training, you can help reduce this alarming statistic. The more individuals and employees CPR certified, AED and/or first aid trained, the safer the workplace will be for everyone to enjoy. View our FAQ page on ‘Cardiac Arrest Facts & Statistics‘ to lean more reasons why it is important to learn CPR in the workplace and beyond.
If you are an employee of a company, and would like CPR training even though it isn’t required, you can still check to see what CPR, AED, and first aid training classes are available (even online). CPR training isn’t only for the workplace, it will also provide benefits anywhere you go, at home or out in public. Knowing CPR vs not knowing CPR could be life or death for a friend or loved one. CPR, first aid or safety training will also give you and your workplace a sense of calm in an emergency and will allow you to make appropriate decisions in a timely fashion, no matter the circumstance because you were trained.
Whether you’re looking for OSHA-compliant training for a small group of employees, need large group training across multiple locations, or are looking for individual CPR, first aid or other safety training, MiamiCPR or RescueAED has the flexible training program to meet your workplace needs.
There are plenty of free resources out there to help you and employers create a safer workplace. If you have any questions or would like to take a CPR, first aid or safety course with, MiamiCPR or RescueAED is here to help your business succeed.
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