What Is Your Safety Plan?

December 30, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

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As customers and employees enter your facility are they as safe as they should be? Most companies must comply with fire safety codes to ensure that whether it is employees or visitors, there is a fire safety strategy in place. This safety plan includes smoke detectors, fire alarm systems and fire extinguisher placed through-out buildings to protect these people from a fire. One of the first things we are taught as children is if you are in a building that catches on fire you should go to the nearest exit and get away from the danger as quick as possible. Sadly, however, the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (Fire Deaths and Injuries, 2009)) state that approximately 2800 people die in  fires yearly despite safety training and equipment that is available.
But did you know that according to the American Heart Association (Currents in Emergency Cardiovascular Care, p. 1) approximately 330,000 people a year die out of a hospital from cardiac arrest. With training and planning, this number could be cut in half if good Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) was performed and an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) applied quickly. So should not a plant safety plan not only include fire procedures, but also cardiac arrest management?
We know that in the event of a cardiac arrest people should be trained to quickly assess the person that is unconscious, notify the Emergency Medical System,  and send for an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation by trained personnel should be started and continued until an AED arrives. Knowing the likelihood of cardiac arrest is higher than the incident of fire, the question asked then is your staff trained for this common emergency and do you have the proper equipment to provide this lifesaving help while still protecting your staff from harm?
What are the elements of a good safety plan that focuses on cardiac resuscitation?
Basically, a safety  plan starts with training in CPR. A CPR class teaches people to recognize the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, what to do if the victim is conscious or becomes unconscious and how to perform CPR with or without an AED. These classes usually last three to four hours with renewal of skills every two years.
Once the students have completed the course they should be provided with the equipment to perform CPR. At a minimum, for individual personal protection, he/she should have gloves and a face shield. The most critical piece of equipment in this type of emergency is an AED. These devices are easy to use, require little maintenance and are cost effective.
Blue Ridge Safety and Health specializes in assisting companies complete a safety plan that includes training in CPR and use of the AED along with purchasing of the needed AED. With over ten years of experience with many company and industrial sites, Blue Ridge Safety and Health can provide help to make companies and industries more prepared and safer for events of cardiac emergencies and out of hospital cardiac arrest.
Please contact us for further information on how to obtain this training and equipment.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2009).  Fire Deaths and Injuries:  Fact Sheet. http://www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/fire:  Cited January 10, 2010.
Highlights of the 2005 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. ( Currents Winter 2005-2006).  Currents in Emergency Cardiovascular Care.  Volume 16:  Number 4 Winter 2005-2006.

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