“Safety doesn’t happen by accident.”
Prevention is always better than cure. But let’s face it, we live in an imperfect world that’s inhabited by imperfect creatures like you and I. Because of that, prevention doesn’t always work. Some things are just able to slip through the cracks, such as accidents. And the best risk management systems don’t just focus on prevention, which is a great idea, but also consider measures to minimize or significantly reduce the potential impacts of risks that materialize. And the best workplace risk management systems always include staff training for occupational first aid. Why? It’s because of the key advantages that doing so provides.
The Health And Financial Cost Advantage
Training your employees in the area of occupational first aid can help you contain or prevent injuries suffered by them in case of workplace accidents from being further aggravated. When that happens, your employees’ chances of recovering and healing from suffered injuries are very high. And because health is wealth, your company will also be able to save money on potentially costly medical treatments to treat aggravated or worsened injuries. With first aid, you can immediately stop serious bleeding prior to the arrival of the paramedics, which minimizes the risk of having to go through blood transfusions and other expensive medical procedures that can be avoided with immediate first aid.
Morale Boosting Advantage
Whether you like it or not, the ability to boost your employees’ morale is one of the best ways to make your company a very productive and profitable one. When your employees’ morale are very high, they will feel a great sense of pride and joy in what they do, which will translate into optimal productivity and minimal employee problems. When you train your company’s employees in the science of occupational first aid, you’ll be able to boost their morale in 2 ways. One is you build up their skill sets to include one that they can use not just to save their co-workers’ lives but also the lives of their families and friends! The other way it can help boost employee morale is when they actually get to apply their newfound skills and save the life or minimize the injuries of their fellow workers. Your employees can experience the profound high of knowing that they saved or helped save the life of a co-employee, or at the very least, prevented a serious injury from worsening into a potentially fatal one.
There’s a principle in psychology that says what is given much attention becomes important to people. By training your staff in occupational first aid, you inadvertently place the importance of developing such abilities or skills at the forefront of their consciousness, i.e., you bring it right smack in the middle (or front) of their attention. By doing so, you subconsciously make them more safety conscious. When your employees are more safety conscious or aware, they will tend to practice occupational safety habits more and more, which can collectively help bring down the frequency or number of accidents in your company.
It’s A Low-Cost High-Benefit Investment
Investing in your employees’ occupational first aid training won’t cost your company an arm and a leg but the return on investment in terms of workers’ safety and health – and ultimately company productivity and productivity – can be huge! Therefore, it should no longer be an issue of whether or not you should invest in it but when. And to answer that question, the answer is this: the best time to invest was yesterday and the next best time is now.