Health and safety services Jeannette Fudała
OHS AND EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONSE IN OUR EVERYDAY LIVES
Observing OHS in a workplace, looking after the safety of staff and the ability to administer emergency first aid are extremely important aspects of our everyday as well as professional lives. Why?
Because human life and health are at stake.
Imperfect help is better that perfect help which does not come in time.
By administering first aid to victims you can save a life or significantly improve the chances of a full recovery. As time goes by, the chances for successfully helping a victim dwindle. If a person stops breathing, their brain begins to die after 4 - 6 minutes. It would be good to be prepared for such incidents, so as not to be useless if faced with one.
The more people learn how to administer first aid, the safer we will all be.
Basic rescue techniques are simple and effective and, indeed, nearly anyone can apply them. It’s best therefore if we learn them from the earliest age. Children too can save someone else's life – be it their grandpa, grandma, parent, schoolmate or teacher – by calling emergency services quickly enough.
Serious emergencies, those in which someone’s health or life is at risk, can happen unexpectedly anywhere – at home, in school, in our backyards, or during holiday.
They cannot be eliminated from our everyday lives, but we must be aware of them and respond appropriately when they occur.
Regulations, including OHS regulations, are there to be followed.
Observing OHS regulations at the workplace, attending obligatory initial training sessions, on-site training, periodic refreshers, establishing procedures, occupational risk assessments, drawing up evacuation plans, correctly equipped first aid kits, functioning firefighting equipment... all those serve to protect the lives and health of staff at the workplace.