Morale, a culture of safety, and a benefit for the community
Is your company located 5 minutes or more away from an emergency medical facility? The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires you to have one or more of your staff adequately trained to render first aid.
This federal agency goes on to recommend that every company should have one or more employees who are trained and certified in first aid, including CPR, regardless of the proximity to a health care facility. A federal requirement might be your impetus, but there are 3 surprising, additional benefits to a business that provides employee CPR training.
1. A shot in the arm for employee morale
Everybody’s looking for a way to combat the “I just work here” mentality that can hover like a dark cloud over a company. CPR and first aid training can be a way to boost your employee morale.
People retain information when it’s learned in an enjoyable way and CPR training classes take this to heart. Plus, most classes are designed to pair up learning teams. Group participation is encouraged and rewarded. When you offer CPR training, you’re creating an opportunity for your employees to interact and socialize. They’re sharing a learning experience which carries an important consequence. One day, they might apply what they’ve learned together to save a life.
2. Practically speaking
You’re not going to be able to affix a concrete number to this—either in terms of savings or efficiency—but there are dollars at stake. The initial training and refresher courses raise your entire company’s awareness of safety.
The consequence could be a decrease in the amount of accidents in the workplace. Accidents are—by their very nature—unexpected. Unimaginable things happen under the most ordinary of circumstances. A staff trained in CPR and first aid will lower the possibility of a serious—or even fatal—result because they now know how to take immediate action when an accident occurs.
The first aid kit isn’t going to be a container of unfamiliar contents in an emergency situation. This might seem trivial at first, but knowing the contents of a first aid kit and what to do with them can mean the difference between life or death in some circumstances. In others, the correct application of what’s in a first aid kit can reduce the recovery time of an accident victim. As a business owner or company manager, you want all of these things to happen.
3. Outside implications
Peripheral benefits can sometimes outweigh the direct ones that come to mind. When we think of CPR and first aid training, we usually consider what it means for employees on the premises during company hours. It’s certainly benefit enough—but that’s really just a beginning.
Training your employees how to administer CPR and first aid makes them a valuable contribution to the safety of their family and friends, as well as the community as a whole. It’s a skill you retain for life, and it’s easy to update or sharpen that skill with a refresher course.
Use the OSHA criteria to determine whether you’re required to providing CPR and first aid training for your staff. If you don’t have to and you’re not swayed by OSHA’s recommendation that you do it anyway, keep these 3 business benefits in mind. Do they equate to easily-measurable dollars? No. But the benefits could be far more valuable than a simple ROI calculation.
One Beat CPR provides AED and CPR training, along with AED units, so your staff can add “life saver” to their list of specialties. For more information on company and individual CPR and AED training packages, contact us today.