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Your Employees Need and Deserve Safety Training

A safe workspace starts with proper employee training. This is not an area to gloss over at staff meetings. Safety needs to be taken seriously for the well-being of your employees and to be OSHA compliant. In fact, one of OSHA’s first sentences in their workplace safety training handbook says: “employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace. No person should ever have to be injured, become ill, or die for a paycheck.” This shows the emphasis they put on employer responsibility and employee expectations. At a minimum, your business needs an action plan for basic emergencies and workplace hazards and a fire prevention plan and exit strategy. Any safety and health training you provide should be well documented, noting each employee that completes training, to cover yourself in the event of an unfortunate workplace accident.

CPR and AED Certification 

It is recommended by OSHA for employees to be trained in first aid response, including CPR. This is not a requirement for all businesses and employees, but the list of who is required is getting longer every year. Careers such as fitness professionals, childcare providers, school personnel, and flight attendants are on the must-have list for CPR training. Employees should get recertified annually to perform CPR safely, and first aid training should be revisited about every three years. For added security at your workplace, training a percentage of your employees in AED use will be beneficial. This one requires a bit more time, so you’ll want to be sure to have a reliable, long-term employee(s) go through this training. A defibrillator can be easy to use and even untrained users may be able to place the pads and provide a shock, however, a shock is not always needed, and training of when and how to correctly apply the AED is crucial. It takes an average of 7-8 minutes for an ambulance to arrive after 911 has been called, and a heart attack can kill someone in just 4 minutes. CPR administration and AED knowledge can literally be the difference between life and death for your employee. 

Injury Treatment and First Aid

Minimize downtime, lower workers comp claims, and provide your employees with peace of mind by providing current first aid training. Go a step further by adding specialized injury treatment training for a portion of your employees. Your employees will feel more confident knowing someone on site has learned skills such as stopping bleeding, minimizing swelling, and wrapping sprains. Choking hazards can be just as serious as a heart attack, with a blocked airway being fatal in about 4-7 minutes. 

Each business runs a little differently, which means your training will need to be unique to you and your employees. A customized, current training program will give your employees the right tools to handle hazards or accidents that may come their way. Safety should always be first, and the more practice and knowledge you give your employees, the more confident and productive your team will be.

Safety Training Is a Valuable Investment in Your Workforce

Safety training is one of the best ways you can invest in your employees and your company because a safer environment means fewer accidents, less production downtime, increased productivity, and greater employee confidence and loyalty. 

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It’s vital to prioritize safety training for the four central reasons listed below. 

1. Increase Productivity with Workplace Safety Training

Safety training accomplishes a number of goals that all lead to a boost in employee performance, which translates to greater productivity for your company. Productivity leads to increased output, revenue, and success. 

First, training imparts a message to your staff: You care. You want them to be equipped with the skills and information they need to prevent personal injury and succeed. When employees feel cared for, they’re more emotionally invested in business outcomes. 

Second, employees may be following an outdated or dangerous work process that needs updating, and they may not know it. When you have a trained safety specialist manage the session, he or she can assess work processes and make changes that not only increase safety but also save time, improving employee efficiency. 

2. Lower Your Turnover Rate

A low turnover rate is essential to a profitable company. The cost to replace a full-time employee vastly outprices the cost of safety training, and its instrumental in reducing turnover. 

When employees are cared for and protected, they’re less likely to leave. Few are likely to risk moving to another company if they’re comfortable at your company. 

In addition, safety training has the potential to lower your company’s insurance premiums. You can pass these savings on to your employees by offering additional benefits, further cementing their dedication to their jobs. 

3. Prevent Costly Accidents and Injuries

It’s expensive to have a dangerous workplace, not to mention potentially life-threatening to your employees. Avoid medical expenses, litigation costs, compensation fees, fines, accident investigation and claims management costs, and insurance premium increases. Institute regular training sessions and significantly reduce the risk of accidents and injuries. 

4. Stay in Compliance with OSHA and other Regulations

Many industries require specialized workplace training, and businesses with five or more employees are required to institute a formal policy. Regardless of whether your company’s trade warrants specific training, and no matter the size of your staff, businesses benefit from preventive training. If business owners are found liable for negligence, they could face serious legal consequences. 

Shield-Safety is committed to providing safety training with a personal touch, connecting with each employee, and ensuring all understand and can apply each lesson to daily life in the workplace.