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Train Employees to be Ready to Administer First Aid

Some OSHA compliance standards require certain industries to provide first-aid training to employees and to have at least one employee on hand to respond at any time.

Industries with a high incidence rating must get medical care to an injured employee within 4-6 minutes, meaning employers in metropolitan or rural areas must have trained personnel on staff because it takes too long for emergency medical services to respond. (Such industry classifications include permit-required confined spaces, logging operations, electric power generation, construction subpart V, among others.)

Even if you are a low-risk employer and live near medical service facilities, first aid and CPR training is a good idea for several reasons:
  1. It provides a safer work environment. Administering CPR can double a victim’s chance of survival, and also increases the effectiveness of a defibrillator. Providing first-aid may be able to prevent further injury, and employees who are trained are more conscious of safe behavior in the work environment that prevent injuries in the first place.
  2. It lowers your workers’ compensation insurance premiums. Workers’ comp insurers love when employers are proactive about safety and will take your efforts into consideration when negotiating renewal rates. Some even offer discounts for staff training in CPR and first aid. And with fewer injuries occurring over time, your experience modifier will decrease, creating long-term workers’ comp savings.

Because first-aid responders may have long intervals between learning and using CPR skills, retraining should occur on a regular basis. OSHA suggests CPR training annually and first aid training every three years. For more information, please contact us.

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