June is National Safety Month, are you prepared if an emergency requires cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in the workplace? A study conducted in June 2017 by the American Heart Association that surveyed more than 3,000 workers in various industries showed that more than 55% of employees reported that their employers do not offer CPR/automated external defibrillator (AED) training or that they are not sure if the training is offered. Only 59% report having any type of first-aid or CPR/AED training.
It’s important to know where the AED is located and how to use it when the few minutes it may take for emergency medical services (EMS) to arrive could mean the difference between life and death for your coworker. AEDs must be located around the facility so that they can be reached within 3 to 5 minutes when needed. If you are unsure if training is offered in your workplace for CPR/AED, ask your supervisor! AED training includes:
- Recognition of sudden cardiac arrest symptoms
- How to notify emergency response personnel
- How to perform CPR
- How to operate an AED effectively
- How to care for victims until emergency medical personnel arrive