Why you need an AED and First Aid/CPR Training at work!

By Bob Murden

Posted Jan 11th, 2019 in Regulation Updates, Tips & News

Why you need an AED and First Aid/CPR Training at work!

It takes on average, eight minutes for an EMS/ambulance to arrive on scene. In rural areas of Niagara, it can take up to 20 plus minutes. How long would it take you to get help to your worksite?
Do you know that in Ontario the WSIB requires all workplaces to have at least one worker on site at all times who has a valid first aid certificate from a WSIB-approved training organization, regardless of the number of employees? First aid requirements are outlined in Regulation 1101, made under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act. This regulation summarizes the type of certificate, as well as the first aid supplies required by an employer based on the number of employees per shift.

 Your heart is a busy organ, constantly pumping blood filled with oxygen and nutrients through your arteries. Any interruption of blood flow will lead to an injury, or infarction. This is called a heart attack, or a myocardial infarction (MI). This is a coronary or cardiovascular event which can cause instant death.A person can die from this cardiac event – when the heart stops beating normally and no longer  pump blood effectively. In fact, 95 per cent of cardiac arrest victims die before they reach the hospital. But, when first aid, using and AED and CPR  care is provided within 5-7 minutes, survival rates can improve dramatically.
An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a small, portable and easy-to-use electronic device that assesses the heart of a person in cardiac arrest for a shockable rhythm. It guides the user to deliver a shock if necessary, to allow the heart to return to a normal rhythm or perform CPR until professional help arrives. When CPR and an AED are administered within the first two minutes, a victim’s chances of survival increase by 90%.
Here are important reasons for investing in First Aid/CPR training in your workplace.
1.     It is required by the WSIB.
2.     It is part of your 911 emergency activation plan.
3.     It provides the ability to apply crisis intervention techniques.
4.     Having an AED and training can make the difference between life and death. Sudden cardiac arrest can happen anywhere, at any time. When the heart stops beating, blood stops circulating. Brain death can begin in as little as three minutes. The chances of survival doubles when immediate action is taken; the use of an AED can increase the likelihood of saving a person’s life by 75 percent or more over CPR alone.
5.     Everyone,  workers, clients and visitors are at risk for cardiac arrest. Heart disease doesn’t discriminate; it can affect men, women and children of any age or background, and those who work in strenuous environments, e.g. outdoors in extreme hot or cold conditions, or partake in physical labour.
6.   Modern AEDs are compact, lightweight and portable. Units, such as the Zoll, provide visual and audio instructions which guide a user through the entire resuscitation process. Virtually anyone can use an AED safely. In fact, one study showed that untrained, sixth-grade children can correctly use an AED in as little as 90 seconds, in comparison to paramedics who take an average of 60 seconds. 
7.    AEDs have become an expected addition to a safe work environment; they’re a good investment for everyone. Having a unit on site, with a properly trained first aider, ensures the health and wellness of your employees, customers and visitors.

In Summary

Properly trained workers are essential to your workplace preparedness plan. All workers deserve access to CPR training and availability of an AED.
We spend one third of our lives at work. Shouldn’t there be a first-response person and tool readily available on site for all your employees, customers and visitors.  Like insurance, it’s better to be prepared and have nothing happen than face the worst and not be ready.

Workplace Safety Group’s successful candidates receive a Standard First Aid wallet card and wall certificate valid for three years, and a CPR Basic Rescuer (Level C) wallet card, valid for 1 year (public) or 3 years (corporate, non-health care).  All WSG trainers are qualified First Responders/EMS workers delivering a WSIB approved course from Perri-Med. Read WSG's product page for further details or to register for a WSIB approved course.

Is your company in compliance with Ontario Regulation 1101?  Don’t take the risk of being non-compliant!  Fines are expensive, and in the event of a workplace accident, WSIB claims can be denied to the employee and company due to non-compliance of 1101!

Get an evaluation of your workplace and get on track with safety and compliance.

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