Have a First Aid Plan

Have a First Aid Plan

When a medical emergency or injury occurs, knowing what to do and being able to react quickly is basic to limiting the severity of the incident. Proper first aid training provides individuals with the confidence and skills they need to address an emergency, prevent further injury, and a save a life. In extreme situations, equipping employees with first aid training could average the difference between life and death.

Although all jurisdictions in the United States and Canada require workplaces to provide a first aid kit, a first aid accompanying, and training, the requirements vary depending on the character of the work, the number of employees on site, and the location of the worksite. All oil and gas work in is considered high danger work and it’s highly recommended that all employees working onsite receive first aid training. This guarantees that first aid is freely obtainable and easy to reach at all times, in spite of of which employees are on shift. If providing first aid training all employees is not possible, it’s important to understand the requirements for the state or province you’re operating in to ensure compliance with their standards.

Upon completion of a First Aid training course, an employee will receive both a First Aid certificate or a First Aid with CPR-C certificate. These certifications are valid for 3 years.

This course curriculum includes:
• Basic life sustain for adults, children and infants
• Small wound management
• basic airway, breathing and circulation interventions with C-spine management
• Preparing to respond
• The EMS system
• Check, call, care
• First aid for respiratory and cardiac arrest
• Head and spine injuries
• Bone, muscle, and joint injuries
• Sudden medical emergencies
• Environmental emergencies

Having employees properly training in first aid is one part of a comprehensive First Aid Plan. A First Aid Plan sets out expectations and requirements regarding first aid sets, equipment, supplies, records, communication, and transportation. Developing a First Aid Plan requires an assessment of the possible workplace hazards and the types of injuries and illnesses likely to occur. Consider information such as the number of workers, the kind of work, and obtainable medical treatment. When developing your First Aid Plan, you should always consider the worst-case scenario.

In summary, your First Aid Plan should include:
• The number of first aid attendants needed to cover all areas and shifts, including names and contact details
• Specific training requirements for first aid attendants
• Specific requirements and management for first aid box and first aid room (if required)
• Emergency response procedures
• First-aid recording and reporting system
• Important contact numbers (e.g., 9-1-1, police, poison control, hospitals/clinics,)

It is the role of managers and supervisors to understand the First Aid Plan and their accountabilities, in addition as making sure first aid information is provided to all employees.

Regular reviews are an important part of maintaining your First Aid Plan. Emergency drills and exercises can help you make sure that your plan will work if an emergency does occur, and first aid kits and facilities should be reviewed on a regular basis. If an incident requiring first aid does occur, this is an opportunity for you to estimate the effectiveness of your first aid plan and make any necessary changes or improvements.

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