Deciding to get your workforce trained in the basics of first aid is one of the wisest, most helpful decisions an employer can take. It reflects positively on their part and shows that the employer is genuinely invested in the wellbeing of their workers.
Once you’ve taken the decision to introduce first aid to your workers and have gotten professional course providers on board, here’s the next thing in line for consideration: which course to choose?
Determine the Risk
Before deciding on a course, you must determine what kinds of injuries your workers might experience; this differs from workplace to workplace. Here are the three kinds of injuries you must distinguish between:
- Urban Avenues: in urban avenues where industrial applications are involved and heavy machinery is handled, there’s often a great chance for both injuries and illnesses. Car manufacturing companies and construction are two examples.
- Rural and Remote: while a rural or remote setting may or may not involve heavy duty machinery and applications, what makes these avenues a cause for concern is their distance. Being situated in faraway places, they’re likelier to face the biggest hurdles in terms of getting timely medical assistance. Agriculture is an example.
- High Risk: these are the industries which come with a not-so-subtle risk involved, such as nuclear plants, aviation, stunts, etc. They’re the likeliest to cause injuries among workers.
If your business and industry don’t have much risk for high scale injuries and deaths, a basic first aid course will suffice. If you’re located near hospitals or have in-house medical staff, basic training will again be enough. With a basic Level 1 course, your workers will be trained in:
- Appropriate procedures for responding to situations
- Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and reviving consciousness
- Tending to wounds, cuts, lacerations, and burns
If you’re situated really far from medical facilities, you need to consider if you can risk waiting for a paramedic during an emergency situation. In some cases, it can cost you lives, which is why having a workforce that can handle these matters is mandatory. This is also true if you’re in a location where you don’t get reception and can’t get through to medical professionals.
High-risk area and avenues that are far from urban settlements can, at times, be even harder to reach than rural settings. It’s important that staff in these locations is adequately trained.
In both of these cases, workers need to be fully equipped with the knowledge and resources to respond to emergency situations. Training needs to go beyond the basics, such as the Level 2 or Level 3 course. These include:
- Tending to poison, severe burns, bleeding, hypothermia, etc.
- Tending to industrial injuries
- Advanced assessment and diagnostic training
- Wider knowledge of diseases and injuries
Ready to Start?
Now that you’ve decided which first aid course will best suit your workers, you can begin training them by calling up Metro Safety. Since 2008 the firm has been educating and training workforces around Burnaby, Vancouver, Coquitlam, Richmond, and workplace safety courses Surrey and other nearest areas.
They provide basic to advanced first aid training and aim to impart technical knowledge and skills where needed to help make workplaces across Canada safe havens. They can be reached at 604-521-4227 or you can leave them a message here.