Why you should be trained

According to the CDC, the number ONE cause of death in 2019 was Heart Disease which can lead to Heart Attack and Cardiac Arrest. Accidents were number THREE, Stroke number FIVE, and Diabetes was number SEVEN. Sadly, these numbers go up every year. We can do something though. Become empowered to save lives by recognizing an emergency, activating EMS, and providing care that can sustain or save someone's life, that life maybe someone you personally know.

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Are you required to be trained?

Many industries are required to have workers and employees to be trained to respond to emergencies. Obviously, we expect Fire Fighters, Law Enforcement and Health Care Workers to be trained to respond to emergencies, but is your business required to have trained personnel on site?

The following positions may be required to have CPR & First Aid Training depending on State and Local Regulations:

  • Dentists and Dental Assistants

  • Jail & Prison Staff

  • Gym employees

  • Flight Attendants

  • Lifeguards

  • Logging Industry

  • Scuba Dive Teams

  • Nursing home staff

  • Outdoor recreation instructors and guides (hiking, scuba, skiing, etc).

  • Security guards

  • Teachers

  • Other School Staff

  • School Bus Drivers

  • Child Care Providers

  • Coaches

  • Personal Trainers

  • Construction Workers

  • Electricians

  • Other Utility Workers

  • Medical Office Staff

  • Social Workers

  • Industry, Warehouse, Assembly Workers

  •  Some Agricultural Workers

  • Pharmacists (If giving immunizations)

And even if your type of business is not required to have trained personnel, the proximity to emergency care may make you required to have trained personnel.

According to OSHA: "the requirements that emergency medical services must be "reasonably accessible" or "in near proximity to the workplace" are stated only in general terms. An employer who contemplates relying on assistance from outside emergency responders as an alternative to providing a first-aid-trained employee must take a number of factors into account. The employer must take appropriate steps prior to any accident (such as making arrangements with the service provider) to ascertain that emergency medical assistance will be promptly available when an injury occurs. While the standards do not prescribe a number of minutes, OSHA has long interpreted the term "near proximity" to mean that emergency care must be available within no more than 3-4 minutes from the workplace, an interpretation that has been upheld by the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and by federal courts."