12/08/2008

Benefits of Workplace First-Aid Training Program

It is a requirement that employees be given a safe and healthy workplace that
is reasonably free of occupational hazards. However, it is unrealistic to
expect accidents not to happen. Therefore, employers are required to provide
medical and first aid personnel and supplies commensurate with the hazards of
the workplace. Training in first aid can be an important part of an employer's
workplace safety and health management system.

The details of a workplace medical and first aid program are dependent on the
circumstances of each workplace and employer. These are shown on a webpage
maintained by the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health
Administration (OSHA). An emphasis on quick response to first aid situations is
incorporated throughout the program. Other program elements include: basic
first aid intervention, basic adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and
universal precautions for self-protection. Specific program elements include
training specific to the type of injury: shock, bleeding, poisoning, burns,
temperature extremes, musculoskeletal injuries, bites and stings, medical
emergencies, and confined spaces. Instruction in the principles and first aid
intervention of injuries will cover the following sites: head and neck, eye,
nose, mouth and teeth, chest, abdomen, and hand, finger, and foot injuries.


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AplusA-online.de - Source: U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration