• Customer Questions: Does My Company Need First Aid Training?
  • Karen

    Karen D. Hamel, CSP, WACH, is a regulatory compliance professional, trainer and technical writer for New Pig. She has more than 22 years of experience helping EHS professionals find solutions to meet EPA, OSHA and DOT regulations and has had more than 100 articles published on a variety of EHS topics. Karen is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Walkway Auditor Certificate Holder (WACH), Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trainer and hazmat technician. She also serves on the Blair County, Pa., LEPC and has completed a variety of environmental, safety, emergency response, DOT and NIMS courses, including Planning Section Chief. She has conducted seminars at national conferences and webinars for ASSE and other national organizations. She can be reached at 1-800-HOT-HOGS (468-4647) or by email karenea@newpig.com.

  • Kylie Dottssays:
    06/08/2017 at 4:22 pm Reply

    I really like the quote you shared by OSHA and how it mentioned that there should be at least one person who is trained to render first aid. I can’t imagine what it would be like to have a coworker who was injured or started having a seizure and then nobody knowing how to help them. Even if there wasn’t a single person who was specialized in first-aid it could be a good idea to get your whole workforce to take a first aid class so there will always be a few individuals who at least have a basic idea of how to handle most work place injuries. Being prepared to help someone who is injured in your workplace could help save lives of coworkers or employees.

  • Ridley Fitzgeraldsays:
    07/19/2017 at 2:29 pm Reply

    It’s interesting to think that some companies are required to be trained in first aid. My job isn’t close to any hospital, so I wonder who is trained there? Maybe I can ask to get trained, because I’ve always wanted to learn that!

    • Karensays:
      07/25/2017 at 8:21 pm Reply

      Hi Ridley, thank you for your comment!

      When there is an emergency, it’s comforting to know that you have the skills to help someone in need. And, in the event that you aren’t trained to help, it’s good to know who has been trained so that you can summon their help immediately. To see who may be trained in first aid in your workplace, check with your facility’s safety officer or human resources director.

      OSHA does not specify who within the facility needs to be trained, so it is possible that your company may designate who receives this type of training. Some facilities choose to train everyone who expresses a desire to learn. Others will train specific groups of people or people in specified job categories. For example, all safety committee members, supervisors, managers, etc. may be trained.

      If for some reason you cannot receive training at your facility, check with your local Red Cross or American Heart Association. Both provide first aid and CPR training to community members for a small fee. You may also be able to receive free training from the local fire department or emergency management agency.

      Thanks,
      Karen

  • Henry colesays:
    10/22/2017 at 9:57 pm Reply

    Life is important. Anytime someone can fall in a problem or wanted situation. We are bound to do many staff for our life. Sometimes we face risky situation because of our work. We need to learn how can reduce the risk and what the steps to take in the meantime. Your content is really useful and I feel those who have time they should take this course as soon as they can. Thanks for writing great post. Cheers

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