Prepare Your Business for an Emergency

Emergencies can happen at any time, especially during a work day. Even the calmest person in the office may become frantic during an emergency, whether it is a co-worker who falls seriously ill or an accident at the workplace. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that more than 4,500 people died in 2010 due to workplace injuries and illnesses. Although you cannot prepare for every medical emergency that could occur, these tips offered by medical emergency personnel, like the LifeLine Ambulance Company owned by Maxim Gorin, can help prepare your business for any type of emergency in the workplace.

Designate an Emergency Point of Contact

Should there be an emergency of any type, your company should establish one person to be the point of contact in an emergency. All staff members should be aware of who this person is and there should be easily-readable contact numbers and information available to them at all times.

First Aid Instruction

If your company is not located close to a hospital or clinic, consider training staff in first aid. The American Red Cross, local safety councils and fire departments often offer first aid training courses. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Red Cross work together to provide access to training resources related to safety and health topics, such as emergency preparedness, disease prevention and first aid in the workplace.

Keep First Aid Supplies On Hand

Consult with a physician regarding types of first aid supplies you should have on hand in case of a medical emergency. A typical first aid kit should incude:

Various sizes of adhesive bandages
Gauze pads in various sizes
Germicidal hand wipes or hand sanitizer
Antiseptic wipes
Medical-grade latex gloves in various sizes
Adhesive tape
Anti-bacterial ointment
Cold pack
Small, personal scissors

There may be other items that a physician may suggest such as activated charcoal that may be recommended by a poison control center. As part of the emergency contact information, consider adding the number of a physician who could provide first aid advice during a medical emergency. It is important to remember, however, that the physician should never be used in place of calling 911 for an ambulance. They should be used only to provide immediate care while awaiting the ambulance arrival.

Involve Employees in Emergency Planning

It is important to involve employees while creating an emergency action plan. This encourages them to take the process seriously and be more likely to respond should an emergency develop. Form a volunteer team to help develop an action plan and encourage employees to report unsafe practices or hazards that could lead to an emergency.

Written Action Plan

Create a written action plan and be sure that it is located throughout the company so that employees can access it quickly. In fact, be sure that every employee has a copy of the plan and discuss it often in company meetings. It is also advisable to have periodic safety meetings to review the plan. Consider holding mock drills to test the plan and be sure the process works properly. Be sure that the plan includes evacuation routes and a way to account for employees should an evacuation be necessary.

By following these simple steps offered by emergency medical personnel, you could better prepare your business for a medical emergency and could save the life of one of your valued staff members.