While every workplace should strive to eliminate hazards and prevent incidents from occurring , they must also be prepared to serve their workers incase an accident happens. For this reason, OSHA requires workplaces to have a trained first-aid provider on site.
OSHA requires all first-aid providers to be trained in CPR. If sudden cardiac arrest occurs, CPR could keep the victim alive until EMS arrives and provides further care. In addition, OSHA recommends workplaces provide easy access to automated external defibrillators, or AEDs. Using AEDs within a few minutes of cardiac arrest can increase a victim’s chance of survival by as much as 60 percent.
Every workplace should also have at least one first-aid kit on premises. Kits should be tailored for each location, containing supplies that reflect the injuries most likely to occur at a given worksite.
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