Workplace Emergencies: Are You Prepared?

Posted by on Oct 26, 2011 in Emergency Preparedness, Survival | 0 comments

Emergencies can happen anywhere, anytime, to anyone. For this reason, it is important to have someone who knows first aid. First aid can be either simple treatments for minor injuries, or initial care provided before emergency medical treatment is available.

OSHA says…
The OSHA regulation for medical services and first aid, which is found in 29 CFR 1926.50, says that employers must be able to provide prompt care for life-threatening emergencies — such as stoppage of breathing and severe bleeding — when an infirmary, clinic, hospital, or physician is not reasonably accessible in terms of time and distance to the worksite. In other words, employers have an obligation to provide first aid equipment, training, and personnel when a hospital or other outside emergency response is not close enough to provide help within three to four minutes. In addition, OSHA expects employers to make provisions for prompt medical attention prior to beginning work at a site.

First Aid Provider
If you are required to have first aid providers, those employees must be trained and designated to respond to emergencies at your worksite. To be in compliance, the employee must have a valid certificate in first-aid that can be verified by documentary evidence, and must be available at the worksite to render first aid. However, even if OSHA does not require you to have designated first aid responders, it is best practice to:
First Aid Kits

As for first aid supplies, employers must provide an easily accessible, weatherproof first aid kit. This first aid kit must be checked before going out to the jobsite and at least weekly to ensure supplies are replaced as used. (The Utah Safety Council sells first aid kits that exceed OSHA and ANSI standards for only $45.)
In addition, the telephone numbers of your company physician, hospital, and ambulance service must be posted in plain view. And, your company must provide transportation of an injured person to a physician or hospital if ambulance service is not available.

Remember…
In emergency situations, first aid that is given promptly and properly can make the difference between life and death, rapid and prolonged recovery, or temporary and permanent disability. Employees need to know where first aid kits are and be trained before an incident occurs. Also, they must understand and follow the universal precautions when dealing with blood.
Become a certified First Aid Instructor for your organization. Register for the First Aid Instructor Course held on July 19-21, 2011. For more information contact Brandee, Training and Development Specialist at 801.746.SAFE (7233) ext. 307.

The Utah Safety Council First Aid Programs meet the 2010 CPR and ECC Guidelines and OSHA standards for first aid in the workplace.

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