Be Prepared: Workplace readiness in case of emergency
The ideal workplace, especially in the engineering industry, is one that is accidentfree. Unfortunately, nothing is ever truly ideal, says Alsco New Zealand, which has long been a top provider of commercial and safety needs in this country. The next best option is to be better prepared to handle any contingency and emergency, says Alsco, which not only ensures that you’re compliant with stringent safety precautions but, more importantly, you also protect your employees from harm.
The company offers a look at the most common emergencies that any workplace faces and how to best prepare for them. These are, says Alsco, guaranteed to address nearly all an office’s safety needs and with these solutions within arm’s length, you need never worry about workplace readiness ever again.
COMMON WORKPLACE EMERGENCIES Falling Objects
This might be a silly problem to worry about. Usually, when this happens to someone, everyone has good laugh. But that’s usually with something light and essentially harmless. No one will still be laughing when we’re talking about sizable objects and greater risks of permanent harm.
In fact, with the right heft and force, any falling object has the potential to addle your brain or even crack your cranium. Needless to say, the l ong- term physical, physiological, and even psychological damage can be chilling, to say the l east. And i t all usually boils down to something as simple as not being thoroughly careful.
Most often, it is light fixtures that pose the greatest risk in this regard. Equally threatening are heavy objects placed on high ledges or shelves. These unsecured objects are easily affected by many factors and so will always have the potential to hurt.
One first step solution would be to reorganise the items stored to place heavier objects well below head height.
On the side of mitigation when something has already happened, a good investment would be in fully- managed First Aid systems. These usually come in the form of easily accessible First Aid cabinets matched with proper training in their use. All of this means that anyone across the office space will be ready to respond to any contingency and emergency speedily.
Among the most potentially damaging of workplace mishaps, fires can be the cause of great loss of property as well as loss of life. As such, the possibility can’t ever be taken lightly.
Generally, there is a wide range of factors that can cause fire. First among these would be negligence. Yes, sometimes fires are caused by people who can’t be bothered to be careful when dealing with flammables.
Other causes are more insidious and difficult to detect. Faulty electrical wiring is another cause that can hit you and your business when you least expect it. These fires can strike at any time, causing massive amounts of damage before being put out. Fire hazards and risks are even more common for those who run restaurants with large kitchens.
A great cautionary measure to avoid fire risks is to have your electrical wiring checked constantly. This is especially true if the building you occupy is kind of old and just rented out. Complacency in this matter puts too many lives at risks so the cost to bear is actually very worth it.
Should a fire already be in progress, it is paramount to shut off all power to the building. After or concurrent to that, make sure that evacuations are conducted in a calm, timely manner. It also helps to have reliable and logically organised emergency Response Systems set up. These should contain everything that you will need to respond to the crisis at hand: rescue and wrecking equipment, supplies for warmth, hydration, and even radios for quick communications.
Due to the diverse range of ages in the workplace, health crises are surprisingly more common than you might think. These can range from physical injury from trips and slips to more serious problems like cardiac arrest. These can happen at any time, when least expected, and can pose trouble when not handled properly.
Being unprepared to deal with these kinds of emergencies can pose problems for your company. For one thing, no one wants to be held responsible for the injury of one of their employees. For another thing, the liability payouts are far greater than what you would spend to be prepared.
The first step towards preparedness is to have the right systems in place to cover any possible emergency. A managed first aid kit can provide medicine and treatments for a wider range of common workplace crises.
GO THE EXTRA MILE WITH PREPAREDNESS
We’ve all seen CPR at work on many TV shows and in movies. From the look of it, it seems like an easy, magical catch-all response to any number of emergencies. Heck, it even revives those whose hearts have stopped beating.
If you subscribe to any of those beliefs, then you and your company definitely need the training. Improperly conducted CPR can cause more harm than good – in the form of compressed ribs or even outright breakage. The simple truth is that CPR is a crucial mitigating action, but isn’t a full solution to an emergency situation.
You use CPR in cases where a person has difficulty breathing or their heart stops working properly – often as a consequence of a heart attack. Remember that the CP in CPR stands for cardiopulmonary, which means that it’s a measure to assist in heart and lung functionality.
The importance of this initial measure is firmly underscored as statistics show that the survival odds of anyone suffering from cardiac arrest outside a hospital shoots up by twice what it normally would be were CPR not performed. Again, though, the key is proper, effective training.
If no one knows how to use those fancy first aid kits and the emergency equipment you’ve invested in, they’re going to be pretty useless in an emergency. Same thing goes with emergency measures like CPR – you’ll only do more harm than good if you try it out during an emergency.
While it’s always best to have everyone undergo training, a minimum of two per given shift is enough to provide protection against any emergency. Make sure you constantly reinforce that training with even more sessions as unused knowledge can easily fade and be forgotten as time passes.
WHAT FI RST AID STUFF DO I NEED?
Before you start investing in and scheduling all of these, there are a few things that you need to consider in order to determine what kind of equipment and training programs you need to have. Here are the most critical points to ponder:
How big is your company?
For companies with less than 50 people, you only need to train 2-3 people per shift if that’s applicable. You can make do with a first aid cabinet or two strategically placed around your office.
What type of business are you?
There are always going to be some industries that are far riskier than others. Those in industrial manufacturing and the like are at a higher risk than, say, those that operate out of a comfy office. As a good rule of thumb, higher risk business should invest in higher grade first aid.
How accessible are medical services to your business?
Nothing can ever be a true substitute for professional medical services. If you’re closer to, say, a hospital or clinic, then you can afford to ease up somewhat on the training and investments. That’s not to say you shouldn’t invest at all, as the calibre of first response is often directly related to the survivability of a situation.
Consider sick or vacation days.
Lastly, when organising your first aider team, it’s very important to factor in their potential absences due to sickness or even just the normal off time vacationing. Make sure to never leave the office unwatched by at least one first aider in order to make sure everyone stays safe.
Preparedness begins with the right investments from the getgo. You need to equip your office and everyone in it with the right tools and products tailored to suit your workplace needs specifically as well as the right training to have your office prepared for any eventuality. DETAILS, WWW.ALSCO.CO.NZ OR 0800 4 ALSCO