First Aid Training: Be Prepared for Emergencies

First Aid Training: Be Prepared for Emergencies

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Kitchens can be a dangerous place. With knives, hot oil, and slippery floors everywhere, employee injuries are inevitable. But certain precautions can be put in place to mitigate these incidents and prevent true disasters. Make sure you have the essentials in place to keep your employees safe, cut down on insurance claims, and keep your kitchen running smoothly.

Use Personal Protective Equipment

Prevent accidents from happening and train employees to use personal protective equipment. Also referred to as PPE, personal protective equipment provides a barrier between your employee and a hazard. These safety supplies include cut-resistant gloves, dish washing gloves, freezer gloves, kitchen aprons and oven mitts.

Keep a Well Stocked First Aid Kit

To ensure the business is prepared for unexpected injury, federal regulations require businesses to maintain properly stocked first aid kits in convenient areas when an in-house medical facility is not present on the premises. The first aid kit must include small and large sterile gauze pads, adhesive bandages, gauze roller bandages, triangular bandages, wound cleaner, scissors, a blanket, adhesive tape, latex gloves, resuscitation equipment, elastic wraps, a splint and clear directions for obtaining emergency assistance. Make sure all of your employees know where the first aid kit is! Certain items will run out more quickly than others, such as band-aids, burn gel, and gauze, so incorporate taking stock of your first aid kit into your opening or closing procedures.

First Response Training

So you have the gear, but does your staff have the know-how? OSHA states that, “In the absence of an infirmary, clinic, or hospital in near proximity to the workplace which is used for the treatment of all injured employees, a person or persons shall be adequately trained to render first aid.” So yes, first aid training is mandatory. Getting your staff first aid training will cost you some time and money, but just like purchasing an insurance policy, it’s a worthwhile investment. Training your employees through a first-aid program means that they will receive training specific to common restaurant scenarios.  The more employees you train, the safer your restaurant will be, both for your employees and customers. When an accident occurs, whether in the front or back of house, the period of time immediately following the incident can make the biggest difference in how severely someone is injured.  This means always having somebody around who knows CPR, the Heimlich, techniques for treating cuts and burns, how to use the first aid kit, and when to call for help.

Providing first aid and CPR training doesn’t cost much, but it will go a long way to ensuring the health and safety of employees. And, don’t forget, it’s mandatory. If you’re considering introducing first aid and CPR training to your workplace, contact the WRA for advice on Site Response and signing up for classes.  Click here for scheduled classes and registration.

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