January 8, 2021
As a high-risk injury, manufacturing sees its fair share of acute and overuse injuries. These include not only lacerations and anaphylactic reactions, but also, cardiac arrest. As such, it's important for team members to be equipped with a range of first aid and lifesaving skills, including CPR.
While many first aid courses cover concerns such as splinting and using EpiPens, participants will not be properly prepared until every team member is capable of administering CPR. In addition, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has strict rules regarding CPR training and preparing. You need to be in compliance. OSHA recommends CRP training be included in all first aid programs. However, in some cases, this training is not just recommended but required by OSHA. For instance, you must train employees in CPR if:
· You engage in logging operations;
· Your work takes place in permit-required confined spaces;
· Your work includes electric power generation, transmission, and distribution.
When Is Cardiac Arrest Likely in Manufacturing?
Manufacturing team members can suffer heart attacks due to long-term health issues or after periods of heavy exertion. Sometimes, heart attacks occur with no warning whatsoever.
Cardiac arrest may also take place in response to electrocution or asphyxiation. These scenarios, while rare in the manufacturing sector, can happen when team members work in confined spaces or come into contact with high-voltage wires.
Why Is CPR So Important in Manufacturing?
Some people incorrectly assume that automated external defibrillators (AEDs) can take the place of CPR training. Supplied in manufacturing facilities and other workspaces, these devices are designed to restore the heart's rhythm via a carefully administered electric shock.
AEDs are essential, of course, but even in a well-equipped workspace, they might not be available as readily as needed. Ideally, employees or supervisors with proper training will administer CPR as AEDs are set up, only stepping back when devices are ready.
Data cited by the American Heart Association reveals that those who suffer cardiac arrest are far more likely to suffer if not immediately administered CPR.
First aid courses that include CPR teach employees not only the basics of applying chest compressions, but also, essentials such as:
- Assessing the scene of an injury for safety.
- Delegating emergency response roles to various team members.
- Using a pocket mask to assist with respiration.
- Knowing when and how to conduct the Heimlich maneuver.
Additionally, participants will come away knowing how to respond to anaphylactic reactions, control bleeding, and spot the early signs of common illnesses and injuries.
Any manufacturing team member can be a hero if given the necessary training. Don't neglect this important opportunity for gaining vital information and a sense of empowerment, and for ensuring OSHA compliance.
To learn more about the classes and onsite staff training we provide, get in touch with the nearest CPR of America location. You're also welcome to call 781-854-8015 for more information.