Do you have an AED at your workplace? Does your organization have a recurrent CPR and First Aid training for its employees? If not, this might be a good time to be proactive and start a program. Stearns (2016) indicated that while most are familiar with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillators (AEDs); there is often confusion when it comes to incorporating these two lifesaving tools into a workplace first aid program.
Do you know your workplace OSHA requirements? According to Stearns (2016) in a Jan. 16, 2007 statement by OSHA, they provided clarity around its position on CPR in a workplace first aid program. The interpretation states, "OSHA recommends, but does not require, that every workplace include one or more employees who are trained and certified in first aid, including CPR."
Tracy A. Jones is an American Heart Association, ASHI, and American Red Cross Master Program Trainer, Instructor, & AHA Faculty Member located in San Antonio, Texas.