When it comes to things that may detract from having a happy, healthy, and productive workplace, what immediately comes to mind? Well, you’d be forgiven for not immediately thinking of bloodborne diseases and infections — let alone the microscopic pathogens that cause them. But unfortunately, more Americans are at risk of exposure to these pathogens than you may realize. According to the CDC, more than 5.6 million workers are at risk of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
Even if you’re managing a facility where employees aren’t exposed on a regular basis, failure to recognize the risk posed by bloodborne pathogens — and ensuring employees are properly trained — can have far-reaching consequences in the event of a healthcare emergency. For instance, the actual risk of infection aside, a lack of training combined with fear of infection may prevent someone from offering life-saving assistance. According to Brett Patterson in the Journal of Emergency Dispatch, “... fear of contracting an infectious disease is a significant factor in layperson reluctance to provide CPR”. This is unfortunate, he notes, as “the chance of contracting an infectious disease while providing CPR is extremely low”.
Thankfully, PlusTrac offers a Bloodborne Pathogens Awareness program in addition to its CPR and AED programs. Here are 5 reasons why incorporating En-Pro’s awareness program can help prepare your team for an emergency, safely:
1. Confidence to provide care
As we mentioned above, one of the main benefits of our Bloodborne Pathogens Awareness Program is that employees will be more willing (and able) to provide emergency care. Anyone who’s fully informed of the risks and knows how to protect themselves from harm, will be that much more confident to act swiftly and decisively when someone’s life is on the line.
2. Lower risk of infection
Building on the previous point, any employee who’s received training will know how to decrease the risk of infection in the event of an emergency. For instance, they’ll know the degree of protection needed to maintain safe treatment and be able to offer guidance to anyone else involved in the emergency. Training lessens the risk of infection in anyone offering care while waiting for emergency personnel, which contributes to the collective health of the team.
3. Prevention is better than cure
The PlusTrac Bloodborne Pathogens Awareness Program adds immediate value, offering information to make your workplace environment be safer from day one. This is because the focus is on preventative measures to stop infection transmission, rather than curative measures that deal with the results of infection.
4. It’s time-efficient
While it covers an extensive amount of valuable information, the awareness program is only 2 hours long. This means your team can learn life-saving information that they keep with them for the rest of their lives, with minimal disruption to their everyday activities.
5. Our trainers are fully accredited
Last but not least, all our on-site training is carried out by highly skilled trainers who are accredited by the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, or both. We know that even the best training material can fall flat with an underwhelming instructor. That is why we take extra care in selecting professionals who are as engaging as they are qualified.
Partnering with En-Pro PlusLearning™ will help you ensure that your team feels safe to respond in case of an emergency. To learn more about En-Pro and how we can help improve safety and wellness in your organization, contact us here.