These days, almost everybody needs to go to work and work hard. Times are hard and we all need to put food on the table and pay our bills. Having said that, it is also common for most people to work harder than they should. Competition in the industry is tough and those who perform well and exceed expectations are retained in a company and those who do not are let go because of redundancy. It is no wonder that employees work more hours by being in the office very early and leave late at night. It is no wonder that there are emergency cases in workplaces such as cardiac arrest. This is why employees and managers need to have health and safety awareness training.
In a workplace, one employee should be able to recognize if anything is wrong with his co-worker. If someone you are talking to suddenly has slurred speech, you need to be alert. Your co-worker could be having cardiac arrest. You need to know how to perform a test to confirm this and you should be able to perform first-aid.
In Dubai, it is a requirement for companies to ensure the health and safety of the employees. That means that they should either hire some personnel to stand by and do their job when the need arises or they can provide health and safety awareness training for their employees.
What are the advantages of health and safety awareness training in a workplace?
- Employees are able to perform and receive first-aid treatment in case of emergencies. If your employees know how to perform first-aid confidently, more lives will be saved. Sometimes, people are hesitant to perform first-aid without proper training because they fear that they will do more harm than good. The victim no longer has to wait for someone to make a call to the hospital and wait for them to come and then receive first-aid.
- Employees will be taught symptoms of an illness or injury and what to do. If someone in the workplace has an accident, his co-workers need to know what to do. Some people panic and cause more damage. If there is an injury, one should know if they should move the victim or not. If an employee feels ill, someone should recognize the signs and determine whether the person feeling ill should be taken to the hospital or not. Emergency bills are not cheap so if everyone panics because someone faints out of hunger and is taken to the hospital, that person may need to pay for something unnecessary.
Learn more about HSS’ first-aid training courses here.