There are so many lines of work where the employee’s main focus is to help keep people safe during emergencies and ultimately save lives. For firefighters, paramedics and doctors, this is what they train all of their lives for and what they do every single working day. For other professions, how employees would react in an emergency situation might not be something that is regularly thought about. If you work in an office or a store, it’s still extremely important that you have a plan on what to do if someone gets seriously injured in your workplace. With that in mind, here are some of the ways you can prepare for any medical emergency in any line of work.
Get the right equipment
One of the best things you can do to make sure you’re prepared for a medical emergency is to get the equipment you’d need to deal with any incident that could occur in your workplace. It’s highly likely that you’ll already be able to find a first aid kit wherever you work. These often include things like band aids and gauze to deal with minor cuts or burns. The only problem is they’ll be of very little help if somebody becomes seriously injured.
To make sure you’re fully prepared for a more serious incident, speak to a medical retailer, like the experts at rapid-rescue.com.au who can advise you on the equipment that could make your workplace safer. This could include anything from nebulisers, to stretchers or even splints or collars. An increasing number of public places and offices now even have their own defibrillator so people can administer immediate treatment if instructed to by the emergency services over the phone.
Get trained up
As well as having the equipment necessary to deal with any emergency, it’s just as important to have the knowledge on how to use this equipment during an emergency. If you’re an employer, one of the best investments you can make in protecting your staff is to pay for a number of members to complete a first aid course. Make sure you choose the members that are trained up carefully, so you have at least one fully trained person on shift at all times. Make sure that the rest of your employees know who has received this training and the best way to get hold of them when an emergency does occur.
Make yourself easy to find
Of course if you do have a medical emergency, it’s still important to seek the help of the emergency services. No matter what the injury, it’s important that they’re able to get to your location as soon as possible. Make sure your offices are well signposted, so any ambulance doesn’t waste time trying to locate you. If you often work away from the office, download the what three words app.
This app has split up the whole world into small areas that are identified by three words. By simply giving these three words to the emergency services, they’ll be able to pinpoint your exact spot even if you’re in the middle of a large forest or beach.