The two places where most of us tend to spend the most time are our homes and the workplace. This means that these are also the two places where there’s the greatest chance of an accident occurring too. That’s why it’s so important that you take out the time to make sure that you one, have a First-Aid kit both at home and at work and two, you provide First-Aid training to your family members as well as your employees.
When it comes to the office, if you would like some helpful First-Aid training tips, we have provided you with five of them below:
Offer a First-Aid training course. One of the best things that you can do for your employees is offer them a First-Aid training course. By contacting your local Red Cross, you can schedule a time for an instructor to come to your workplace. There are also websites that offer you free online training too. One of them is First Aid for Free.
Show people what should go in a First-Aid kit (and where the kit is). Something that all offices need is at least one First-Aid kit. Here are some of the things that it should contain: gauzes, antibiotic ointment, scissors, tweezers, ibuprofen, antibiotics, peroxide, burn dressings, nail clippers and disposable gloves. Our recommendation is that you have a kit in the office’s break room and also in a manager’s office. Make sure that all of your staff knows exactly where one of the kits is. For more information on what a First-Aid kit contains, visit RedCross.org and put “First-Aid kits” in the search field.
Do drills when it comes to fire safety and evacuation procedures. If there happens to be a fire, it’s important that everyone knows exactly what to do. The best way to insure that happens is to run fire drills, very similar to the ones that you probably remember having when you were in elementary school. Since you are working with adults, it will probably not be necessary to run drills more than a couple of times. However, make sure that you do it on a day when everyone is at work so that they will know about all of the emergency exits along with what to do once they are out of the building. (You might want to show everyone how to use your extinguisher too.)
Put emergency numbers in plain view. If someone has seriously injured themselves, it can sometimes put them and the people around them into a bit of a panic; so much that they might forget their own phone number or even one as common as 911. So, make sure that you have emergency numbers posted in plain view. They should include the number to your local fire and police departments, the closest hospitals as well as the number to poison control.
Provide incentives to those who get certified. If you were to speak with Occupation Safety Training Systems about tips on how to train your employees, one of the things that they will probably recommend is that you encourage your staff to get First-Aid/CPR certification. That way, you can be confident that you have people who are professionally-skilled in case of an emergency. In order to motivate more people to do it, offer incentives like gift cards. For more information on how to become First-Aid certified, visit RedCross.org and put “training and certification” in the search field.