5 industries and jobs that need CPR training
In most cases, if a job puts people in danger and lives are more likely to be on the line, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification and/or AED training is a requirement.
But it’s not simply dangerous workplaces that have a responsibility to care for employees: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards state that, “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.” OSHA considers “near proximity” to be within 3-5 minutes of an emergency facility.
The federal agency also “recommends, but does not require, that every workplace include one or more employees who are trained and certified in first aid, including CPR,” regardless of proximity to a health care facility.
And the rewards of having CPR-trained employees go beyond saving lives — they can reduce potential liability and give employees the confidence to react in an emergency. However, for some jobs it isn’t simply a recommendation, it’s a requirement. Let’s look at a few of them.
Careers with CPR/AED requirements
While these careers might not be the first to pop into your mind as requiring CPR certification, you’ll probably be glad to know they do:
- Childcare. Whether it be at a facility or at-home childcare, providers are required to know infant and child CPR. This mandate extends to foster homes, camps, and juvenile offender facilities — and it’s probably a good idea to include your friendly neighborhood babysitter on that list as well.
- Corrections. Aside from the normal medical issues that can emerge on a daily basis, prisons and jails can create their own life threatening situations. A staff trained in CPR dramatically reduces the risk of death for both inmates and corrections officers.
- School coaches. Like all leaders, the best coaches know how to make us realize our true potential — and that almost always means pushing yourself to the limits. Some athletes ignore those limits, and they’re not always aware of congenital conditions that might turn a great training session into a life-threatening moment.
- Construction workers. Who hasn’t driven by a construction site at one point or another and thought, “That looks kind of dangerous”? Proper resuscitation practices while waiting for an ambulance to arrive on the job site can be pivotal in saving lives.
- Flight attendant. While there might be a chance of a doctor being on a flight, airlines are smart enough not to take that bet. Flight attendants can do a lot more than demonstrate proper oxygen mask usage and bring you cocktails — they just might save your life.
How to get CPR certified
These professions are just a sampling of those that require CPR/AED training. Among others are the broad spectrum of healthcare professionals, members of law enforcement, lifeguards, and public school teachers. In fact, Florida was the first state to mandate that all public schools with an athletics program have AEDs on site.
Ideally, many more people should be CPR and AED certified — everyone should have the training. Regulations and industries vary, and the expert staff at One Beat CPR can help determine the right approach based on industry, job, and location. Contact us today to learn more or to get certified.