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.
Posted on: February 20, 2017