Stay prepared and save lives: The importance of learning first aid in the workplace

Apr 20, 2023
Written by WR Communications

Holding first aid kit on the blue background


Accidents and emergencies can happen at any time. Whether it’s a minor cut or a life-threatening situation, knowing first aid can make a significant difference in ensuring the safety and well-being of those around us. Employees must learn basic first-aid skills to create a safer workplace.

According to WAC 296-800, Washington businesses must have certified first aid personnel on hand as it helps ensure the safety and well-being of employees, customers, and visitors in the workplace.

This requirement may seem like a well-kept secret to employers because it is the seventh most cited item by L&I’s safety inspection. Providing first-aid training to ensure that at least one is on-site during all hours of operation could help “stop the bleeding,” financially and physically.

Compliance should not be the sole motivation, however. Management’s commitment to safety preparedness motivates employees to take proactive steps in preventing accidents and knowing what to do in emergencies. This can help improve morale, which leads to higher job satisfaction and increased productivity.

First-aid training equips employees with the skills and knowledge to respond to and treat injuries such as falls, cuts, and other accidents in the workplace or at home. Providing immediate care before professional medical help arrives can significantly reduce the severity of injuries and save lives.

Our safety team is available to help members elevate their safety practices from simply meeting requirements to implementing quality safety measures. To learn more, contact us at 360-200-6454, or [email protected].


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