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  • First Aid Safety Training After All What Could Possibly Happen?

    My Dad was a wire weaver for “Wisconsin Wire Works” These wires were used on the paper machines to carry the pulp slurry from the wet end of the paper machine to begin the paper making process. He Later retired from The “Appleton Wire works” where he would build the boxes to house the large rolls for shipping. The chances of getting a puncture or a laceration were pretty good, so he was prepared to deal with those small inconveniences which didn’t require a company nurse. Dad was also a WWll Naval Veteran, a quartermaster in the south pacific. So he was no stranger to the need for First Aid Safety Training.

    There were seven boys in our family so you can imagine the “stuff” we would get ourselves into, including a few occasions, well ok more than a few occasions, where we would need some patching up. Dad always carried a band aid or two in his wallet. He would just say let me take a look and whip out his wallet for the band aid, if it was bleeding bad enough or would just say, you’ll be fine, run it under some cold water then we’ll put on a band aid. We always trusted dad, if the cut was large enough he would just hold it together and fashion what he called a butterfly to hold it together so he could fix it up. Yes there was also the dreaded “Mercurochrome antiseptic” @#$%^! Did I also mention I had five sisters as well.

    So how prepared are you when it comes to providing first aid to the victim of an accident? OSHA has its own requirements for First aid, and the responsibilities of the employer including the reporting and documentation of any incidents that require medical treatment or result in loss time. OSHA does provide a guide https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3317first-aid.pdf. I’ve always felt that Safety should be the responsibility of the individual person, and should hold himself or herself accountable for themselves for not just their employer but also to their Families!! OSHA, both state and federal are there to make sure Employers feet are held to the fire. They do not teach first aid courses, or certify first aid training courses or teachers.

    In many instances an employer or their Workman’s compensation insurance carrier will provide the proper “First aid safety training” based on the hazards in their business. Of course along with that will be CPR, Blood borne pathogens, possibly the use of AED’s (Automated External Defibrillator). Get involved in the training, find out what’s in the first aid kits and where they are located, and the nearest phone to call 911. If your employer does not have such a program, challenge the company to start one for all employees. They could even realize a savings in their insurance premiums. The “American heart Assn.” can help, as well as the ‘Red Cross”. Don’t have a first aid kit? The American National standards Institute (ANSI) provides minimum requirements for first aid kits. See ANSI Z308.1-2003 You can also find “ First Aid On Line safety training”

    Well what are you waiting for? You could save a life. That life could be your own child, or someone who is loved by another. So now I’m a dad and a grandfather. Yes I carry band aids in my wallet. I do find First Aid Safety Training to be a very important part of being a responsible Dad, Grandfather, Employee, and person.

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