Organizational Safety and Health

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SHP 3433 SAFETY AND HEALTH AT WORK
DISCUSSION CASE 1 – EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

“Forget it! We are not going to train our employees in first aid. Emergencies notwithstanding, I don’t want a bunch of amateur doctors running around the company doing more harm than good.” Mary, safety director for Gulf Coast manufacturing, was getting nowhere trying to convince her boss that the company should have employees trained in first aid in the event of an emergency. “But John, we have had three hurricanes in just two years. Tornadoes are not uncommon here on the coast.” “I will repeat myself just one more time,” said her boss. “No first-aid training.” Who is right in this case? What is your opinion?

In our opinion, Mary the safety director for Gulf Coast manufacturing is right. Every employee should be train for the emergency first aid. The reason that John has given was totally unacceptable. By sending every employee for the first aid training, they will be able to help themselves and others in case of an emergency. Knowing what to do in emergency situations can be the difference between someone living or dying, between a temporary or permanent disability. First aid training is important to each staff in an organization. In addition, almost everyone will be involved in a crisis at some point in their lives. Someone falls and can’t get up. Someone cuts themselves and can’t stop bleeding. Another person’s heart fails. Natural disasters, accident, ingestion of dangerous substances among other possibilities, add up to a certainty any given individual will witness and maybe assist in first aid. Depending ONLY to the doctors or other medical authority is a bad idea. This is because we need to act quickly once an emergency situation occurs. For an example, a staff has been hit by a heart attack! What we can do while waiting for the ambulance or doctors to come is to do the CPR. We might have safe our colleague life by doing the CPR to...
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