Customize Your First Aid Program

First Aid Programs are a necessary part of any workplace to address injuries and illnesses. Basic First Aid Programs include CPR training and quick response first aid basics. Other program elements include basic first aid intervention, basic adult CPR, and universal precautions for self-protection.

Your workplace First Aid Program should go further than the basics. Your program should cover specifics to the type of injuries that can occur on your work sites – shock, bleeding, poisoning, burns, temperature extremes, musculoskeletal injuries, bites and stings, medical emergencies, and confined spaces.

The first step to customizing your First Aid Program is to obtain and evaluate information about injuries, illnesses and fatalities at your work sites. Some helpful records to utilize for this include the OSHA 300 log, OSHA 301 forms, Workers’ Compensation insurance carrier reports, or other safety records you may have available to you through your workplace Safety & Health Management program.

It can also be helpful to review data on injuries, illnesses, and fatalities for your industry. This will help you in preparing for potential hazards that are common in your industry, but which you may not have encountered on your work sites yet.

Once you have compiled data on the injuries, illnesses and fatalities you should address with your First Aid Program, planning and training are imperative. Supplies for First Aid response should be made available in easily accessible locations.  Employers are responsible for the type, amount, and maintenance of first aid supplies needed. The most thorough plans and supplies will not save lives without training your workers to respond in the appropriate manner.

Designating individuals with the skills necessary to undertake CPR and first aid responses will clearly outline responsibilities during an emergency. These individuals should receive thorough training, in all the areas determined essential to your plan, from certified staff for both CPR and first aid basics.

To help best prepare your workers in First Aid, obtain estimates on response times from local EMS and other rescue services. This will inform your trainers on how much first aid knowledge will be necessary to address emergency situations until professional help can arrive.

All First Aid Program policies and procedures should be written down, provided to your workers, and enforced by management. Be sure that all of your workers know the policies, including those that may not speak or read English. Your Program should be reviewed periodically to make sure it is in compliance with current first aid techniques and knowledge, as well as potential injuries and illnesses. Basic adult CPR retesting should occur every year and first aid skills and knowledge should be reviewed at least every three years. OSHA recommends training include hands-on aspects such as mannequins and partner practice.

A1 is a leading expert on the latest technology in life safety. Learn more about Safety Training courses here. To find out more information or to ask a question, click here or call us at 1-800-859-6198.

Greg Lane

Why have health and safety training?

Health & Safety Training will increase safety awareness and provide safety skills to your employees so they can react appropriately during an emergency. Safety training courses include education on fire extinguisher use, first aid, CPR, bloodborne pathogens, communicable diseases, oxygen administration, and child abuse and neglect recognition.

You may think that your workplace does not need safety training. After all, you may work in a low-risk office environment – not around heavy equipment or with children. Accidents and medical emergencies can happen anywhere though. If your staff is not prepared to respond, these incidents can have tragic consequences.

There is a reason why fire extinguishers are required in all workplaces – fire hazards are present in all workplaces. Fire Extinguisher training will provide your employee with hands-on practice with a fire extinguisher. This training gives them both the knowledge and confidence to use an extinguisher should a fire occur at your workplace. If you have employees designated to use fire extinguishers during an emergency, they are required by OSHA to be trained in using them. If you do not have anyone designated, then your full staff must participate in fire extinguisher education (which is the training without hands-on practice). You can read more about these requirements here.

Other popular safety training courses include CPR and First Aid. The CPR class includes training in using an AED. Both of these life-saving techniques are valuable knowledge for any workplace. CPR training is available at various levels, from basic to medical professional, allowing you to select the best fit for your employees and environment. First Aid training covers the basics of responding to a medical emergency. Students learn skills such as how to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock, and other first aid emergencies.

Bloodborne Pathogens, Communicable Diseases, and Oxygen Administration are all Safety Training courses that are complementary to the first aid training. If your workplace has any safety hazards that could cause major injuries, such as a shop, large machinery, forklift, etc. then these courses are especially important for your employees. They are required for many healthcare and childcare institutions.

Child Abuse and Neglect Recognition is also training required for healthcare and childcare providers. While it may seem to be unrelated to traditional offices, protecting our children and learning skills to do so is beneficial for all communities.

Learn more about Safety Training courses here.

A1 is a leading expert on the latest technology in life safety. To find out more information or to ask a question, click here or call us at 1-800-859-6198.

Greg Lane

Safety Training Basics

Workplace safety training is more than just fulfilling a legal obligation. Providing your employees with safety training gives them the knowledge and skills necessary to protect each other, their equipment and facilities. Most importantly, safety training prevents workplace injuries.

OSHA Fines

As an additional incentive to employers, providing workplace training can mitigate the expenses associated with an injury – such as fines and insurance rates, lost man-hours and loss of production. OSHA has increased the fines that will be levied against companies for safety violations. The maximum penalty for Serious and Other than Serious Violations is now $12,600, up from $7,000 before 2016. Willful and Repeat Violations have increased from $70,000 before 2016 to now $126,000.

Safety Planning & Training from Day 1

Employers have a responsibility under the law to provide an environment that is as safe as possible for employees and visitors. A detailed risk assessment of all work areas and processes is necessary, and all findings should be recorded. As an employer, you must address any significant risks identified during the assessment with plans designed to reduce these risks. You must record these measures and communicate them to employees, so they are aware of both the risks and the procedures for safer work.

It is important to include a safety orientation for new hires. In this way, you are bringing to their attention from their first day that safety is an important part of your company’s culture. A simple checklist should be used as the new employee is shown through the workplace to discuss site evacuation procedures, risks associated with the employee’s working environment and duties, fire precautions, accident and near-miss reporting procedures, personal protective equipment that may be required for their job, and any safety programs carried out by the employer.

Each industry and company will have their own, personalized list of safety items that new employees should be made aware of on their first day. A health and safety checklist should be compiled with particular job responsibilities in mind. It is important that new employees review this information and sign the document to acknowledge they understand the safety guidelines provided. Employers are responsible for training their workers on specific hazards of their job, as noted in many OSHA standards.

Continue Safety Training

After introductory training, hazard recognition training should be provided for all employees. This training consists of 10 and 30-hour courses which cover important OSHA regulations and hazard identification techniques for the construction or general industry.

The 10-hour training program is for entry-level workers. All outreach training covers an overview of the hazards a worker may encounter on a job site. Training emphasizes hazard identification, avoidance, control and prevention, not OSHA standards. Classes also provide an overview of workers’ rights and employer responsibilities. There is a 30-hour training program for supervisors intended to provide a greater depth and variety of information. OSHA training classes are hands-on and can be tailored to the specific needs of an industry or company.

While these courses are voluntary, OSHA recommends outreach courses as an orientation to occupational safety and health for workers. Some States, employers, unions, organizations or other jurisdictions require this training as they have seen the value of continued safety training in reducing injury and deaths in the workplace.

Training in the safe way for workers to do their jobs well is an investment that will pay back repeatedly in fewer injuries and illnesses, better morale, lower insurance premiums and more. It is a good idea to keep a record of all safety and health training. Documentation can also supply an answer to one of the first questions an incident investigator will ask: “Did the employee receive adequate training to do the job?”

A1 is a leading expert on the latest technology in life safety. To find out more information or to ask a question, click here or call us at 1-800-859-6198.

Greg Lane

Why You Need Fire Extinguisher Training in the Workplace

If the proper fire extinguisher is used correctly and promptly, more than 90% of fires are extinguishable.

Ask your employees where the nearest fire extinguisher is. Most informal polls have found that less than 25% of employees are able to locate the nearest fire extinguisher in their workplace from memory. If you could make sure you and your employees were prepared in the event of a fire, why wouldn’t you?

In addition to safety, companies that provide fire extinguisher training for their staff usually have a better insurance rating. If that’s not enough reason to hold fire extinguisher training for your workplace, check out the OSHA minimum requirement that employers provide their staff with the basic knowledge of how to use an extinguisher and the hazards of early stage fires. (Occupational Health and Safety Administration; 1910.157(g))

So, properly training your staff on fire safety keeps your employees and property safe, and keeps money in your pocket.


What to include in your workplace fire extinguisher training:

  1. Common fire hazards in the workplace include:

* Waste & Combustible material storage,

* Flammable liquids and vapors,

* Dust build-up in enclosed spaces with heat generating devices (think, Data Room),

* Objects that generate heat (such as electrical equipment and machinery) being left on for extended periods of time,

* Faulty electrical equipment,

* Overloading power sockets,

* Smoking (you think it won’t happen, but it did at A1 and it can at your workplace too!), and

* Human negligence.


  1. Selecting the proper fire extinguisher. Did you know there are different extinguishers for different areas – kitchen, data room, etc??

A – ordinary combustible; B – flammable or combustible liquids; C – electrical equipment; D – combustible metals; and K – cooking oils

  1. Where fire extinguishers should be located.

Check your workplace for the materials listed above and make sure the appropriate fire extinguisher is nearby. Dependent on the type of extinguisher, there is a specific distance it should be placed from the hazard: 75 ft. for ABC, as long as there is an extinguisher within 50 ft. of a B hazard; 50 ft for D; 30 ft for K.

  1. Review your fire escape plan in the event of a larger fire.

According to the Ohio Fire Code, your company should have a fire escape plan. If not, take a few minutes to write one down and ensure everyone knows how to respond in the event of an emergency. The Ohio Fire Code also specifies what information should be included in a company’s fire escape plan – be on the lookout for a future A1 blog on what to include (and maybe even a handy template!)

  1. How to use a fire extinguisher.

Review the P.A.S.S. method here.

Fire extinguisher training will provide your employees, as well as yourself, with a basic knowledge of how fires start, how they grow, and how to use the proper fire extinguisher in order to reduce injury, risk, and loss in the workplace.  Additionally, your company should have a properly outlined fire escape plan in the event of a larger fire that cannot be fought with extinguishers. By understanding these things, along with what fire hazards are in the workplace and where fire extinguishers are best positioned, your staff will feel confident to act accordingly in a stressful situation such as a fire.

A1 is a leading expert on the latest technology in life safety. To find out more information or to ask a question, click here or call us at 1-800-859-6198. Check out our Workplace Fire Extinguisher Training!

Will Buchholz