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Workplace Wellness: First Aid Courses

Photo: First Aid station

First aid is one of those things that you everyone hopes they will never need, but is a good thing to know in case of an emergency.

From a broader business perspective, bringing a first aid trainer into the workplace can become part of a team-building exercise, as it encourages people to work together to learn for a common goal.

Many Workplace First Aid courses also include a Workplace Safety component, which teaches staff to identify dangerous situations before accidents happen. This can have a significant impact on the bottom line in terms of both human cost (lost time, Worker's Comp claims administration time) and insurance and claims costs.

First Aid Precautions (know-how)

  1. The first rule in first aid is SAFETY. When assisting someone else do not become the second casualty. For instance, do not enter a burning building to rescue someone unless you are trained to do so, and if you are not a swimmer, do not enter deep water to rescue someone who is drowning.
  2. Make sure that you are not doing more harm than good. Avoid going beyond your training; leave the medical stuff to the Paramedics and the Doctors.

    Stay away from medication unless the patient/casualty has their own medication prescribed by their doctor for the problem that they are currently experiencing.

  3. You can keep injuries to a minimum by knowing what to do when faced with an emergency. Take a first Aid or C.P.R. course and learn how to save a life

Business First Aid Tips:

For Burns

Hold affected area under cold water; do not apply ointments or butter.

For sprains:

Use a cold pack.

Basic supplies for an office first aid kit:

This is a short list of items that every workplace should have on hand.

  1. Sterile gauze pads
  2. CPR pocket masks/key chain pocket masks (See drug store or Laerdal)
  3. Cold pack
  4. Adhesive dressings
  5. Bandaids
  6. Cotton pads (rolled)
  7. Safety pins - mixed sizes
Poster: First Aid and the Emergency Flowchart

Emergency and First Aid Poster

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These tips were provided by Laura Alleyne, Former ITEC District Representative, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Halton and Hamilton-Wentworth.

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