No matter the organization or industry, workplace safety should always take priority. Even if you don’t work in an industry that’s infamous for its workplace hazards, like logging or fishing, accidents can happen when you least expect them. This is especially true for cardiac arrests. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that there are roughly 10,000 cardiac arrests in the workplace each year in the United States. That’s nearly 30 every single day!
While employees and managers should try to be prepared for accidents and disasters at all times, facility managers are uniquely positioned to take pre-emptive safety measures and ensure that the workplace environment is as risk-free as possible. One of the most effective ways a facility manager can take the initiative and improve workplace safety is by completing CPR and AED training.
In this article, we’ll go over the benefits of CPR and AED training, as well as identify the different types of training available.
Key benefits of CPR and AED training
So why should every facility manager take CPR and AED training and become an advocate for such training in their organization? The most important reason is also the simplest: it saves lives. When someone has a cardiac arrest outside of a hospital, their chances of survival are statistically low. As the AHA highlights, approximately 90% of people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest die.
A primary reason this number is so high, is that very few of these people receive appropriate CPR from bystanders or colleagues while waiting for trained emergency personnel to arrive. But if you suffer a cardiac arrest and receive CPR immediately, your chances of survival increase by 200 to 300 percent.
Another key benefit of CPR and AED training is that it improves the working environment. If employees know that there will be a trained response should cardiac arrest occur, they will likely feel that much happier and safer coming to work. It also shows them that the organization cares enough about their wellbeing to invest in the development of life-saving skills and technologies.
What kind of training is available?
Once you decide to go through with CPR and AED training, you have many options to choose from. The most common certifications are the American Heart Association and the Red Cross, both of which are highly respected institutions with considerable depth and research behind their certification programs. Generally speaking, the AHA certification is considered more difficult and more up-to-date with the latest research.
A great training program will cover essential information like why CPR is important, how to conduct it effectively while waiting for medical professionals, and how you can prepare and use an AED.
One such program is offered by En-Pro PlusLearning™. It includes courses in First Aid, Basic Life Support, Pediatric First Aid, and Bloodborne Pathogens Awareness.
With the right instructor, CPR and AED training is easy and effective. PlusLearning™ delivers a number of AED training courses, where and when you need them. Our PlusLearning™ training program is a nationally accredited AHA Training Center that can deliver training solutions in the U.S. within 30 days. Click here to learn more about our training options.