Workplace injuries are more common than you would imagine. Here are some of the reasons why you should provide first-aid training to your employees.
Workplace accidents and injuries occur frequently enough that a company should be prepared to deal with them. As a business owner or human resources director, you must recognize that the future is unknown, and it is always preferable to be on the safe side.
When a coworker is injured, having first-aid training can transform your employees into competent first responders. Receiving timely medical attention and care in the event of an injury decreases physical damage and improves recovery time for your staff.
Employees frequently lack the technical skills and experience required to care for a coworker in distress in an emergency. People become overwhelmed with panic, worry, and anxiety in high-stress situations, which may be due to a lack of training.
By giving your employees the opportunity to engage in regular first-aid and emergency response training exercises, you provide them not only the physical skills, but also the confidence and peace of mind that they can offer emergency treatment promptly and competently when needed.
Is your company equipped with a first-aid kit? What about a defibrillator that can be hung on the wall? Institutions that have these will have a faster response time in an emergency, which is likely the most critical aspect in determining the effectiveness of first aid.
Having and implementing resources such as a first-aid pack and guidebook are smart and practical for workplace safety, but reading through a manual is not always an option during an emergency. Employees who have received first-aid training can rapidly use the resources at their disposal to provide instant, temporary relief to an injured coworker.
First-aid training courses aren’t just designed to spit out generic care and treatment knowledge that you can easily find online.
The expenses of first-aid training are substantially lower when compared to the costs of bearing your employees’ medical bills if they are harmed as a result of an unsafe and/or badly managed work environment. In addition to medical expenditures, employers may face legal consequences if an employee is injured or killed on the job.
To cut costs, many firms, particularly huge corporations with multilevel offices, will select or request volunteers to teach one or two employees. However, when the financial impact of occupational injuries is considered, companywide training may be a more cost-effective choice.
Learning first aid can help businesses and their employees respond to emergencies in a more calm, collected, and successful manner. Training your employees on how to respond to a coworker who has accidentally fallen and broken a bone or who is unresponsive not only gives you and your employees confidence and peace of mind when coming into work every day, but it also improves recovery time and reduces the financial impact of such incidents on your business.