workplace safety

Does your employer have a health and safety committee?

While health and safety is required at places of employment, procedures and regulations can sometimes be disregarded when not enough prevalence is put on the importance of it.

A lot of people mistakenly think that nothing is going to happen to them at their workplace that will compromise their health or safety.  Over 4,000 American workers were killed on the job in 2013.  The most common factors that contributed to their deaths included falls, being struck by an object, electrocutions, or being caught in-between items or machinery.

If your workplace does not have a health and safety committee, contact your Human Resources department (on a large scale) and petition to have one created.  If you are an employee at a small scale or privately operated business, speak with your managers and develop a committee yourself.

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With or without a health and safety committee governing your workplace, there are a few things you should be aware of for your own safety, and so that you will feel comfortable in the event someone in your environment needs assistance.

1. Become CPR Certified

CPR stands for Cardiopulmonary resuscitation.  CPR can not only prolong a life, but it can save it.  Take a CPR course with a certified company such as SureFire CPR

CPR training will not only provide you with the knowledge of the procedure, but how to complete it confidently while waiting for back up.  You will receive the education you need so that you will not be reluctant to help when you see someone in need.

2. Familiarize yourself with First Aid Procedures

It is always a good idea to have your own personal first aid kit.  While it should be imperative that all places of employment are equipped with one, some let this very important factor slip.

Whether you are at work, at home, or in your car, it’s always a good idea to have a well-stocked first aid kit, and knowledge of what to do in case of an emergency.

Some items that should be in your first aid kit include bandages, scissors, gauze, medical tape, basic non-prescription medications, and rubbing alcohol or peroxide.  As well as items and tools that can prove life saving, have a list of emergency contact numbers in your area.

3.  Talk about Allergies and Medical Conditions

Not everyone will feel comfortable divulging allergies or medical conditions they may suffer from, but if there’s not a database that your employer keeps that has all of this information, lives can be put at risk.

If you have any allergies to foods or medications, use an EpiPen, or suffer from seizures or a condition like diabetes, make sure at least one person that you trust knows.  Your openness and honesty with others may encourage fellow employees to open up and create a safer, more knowledgeable place of employment.

While it’s beneficial to prepare yourself and commit to your own health and safety, it really is your employer’s job to provide a safe work environment.

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