Training is Not a Secret
Comprehensive Training is Effective in All Aspects of Life
Fire prevention is not just important for firefighters, blood borne pathogen training is not just critical for nurses, and CPR and First Aid are important to more people than just medical emergency professionals. These are all real-life incidents which training can help prevent or mitigate from getting worse. Today we are going to help you open the dialogue about safety in your organization a, which in turn opens the dialogue about safety in your community, and give you tips on how you can implement comprehensive training.
Training is for every person involved in your organization, not just those that are considered critical personnel. Volunteers and interns for instance should be involved in trainings, just like safety personnel are. You never know when an emergency will happen and who will be around to respond. Regardless of jobs and functions, everyone should be trained to respond to different types of incidents.
First Aid, CPR and AED training is critical to saving a life. Your staff may need to assist in a traffic accident, or respond to a heart attack while at the movies with their family. This training very well may be used in your facility during a normal work day, but it goes far beyond that and prepares each staff and volunteer to respond to an incident while going about their daily lives.
Training goes far beyond simple First Aid and fire prevention. For comprehensive training that protects against more than fires, you should provide training on many common and uncommon scenarios. For instance, suspicious behavior and package training should take place, as well as natural gas leaks. At a very young age we are all taught to call 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency, and that is still true, however, as we get older, there are other ways we can respond until authorities arrive. In the event that you smell a natural gas leak, call 9-1-1, but also start evacuating the building and tell others to do the same. When calling 9-1-1 about a suspicious person or package, give as many details as possible and try to stay within a safe distance that you can observe to continue giving critical information on their whereabouts and behavior.
By having effective, timely and diverse training in place, you are setting your staff up for success in the safety aspect of their lives. Many times, facilities focus on training their staff on the necessities, fire prevention, access points, etc., but there are so many other instances that can be avoided with effective training. Use these tips to increase preparedness not only in your facility, but also in the lives of those who receive the training.