Is your staff trained in First Aid and CPR?
Do you have adequate first aid kits?
Does your staff know where to find your AED and how to use it in an emergency?

Operating during a global pandemic looks different compared to less than a year ago. One thing hasn’t changed though: When staff is in the facility, the opportunity for a medical emergency still exists.

It’s more important than ever to ensure your staff are trained and equipped as a part of your emergency response program (required by OSHA). Doing so can be more challenging during a time of social distancing and limited occupancy, but you can’t wait. Cardiac arrest kills more people every year than all cancers combined*, regardless of whether we are facing a pandemic.

At Walden, our EHS Division (formerly Turnkey Compliance Solutions), has adapted – and expanded – our training to meet the needs of our clients in this new normal brought to us by COVID-19.

We are offering more training options in CPR and First Aid by our American Heart Association certified instructors through Heartsaver CPR AED First Aid Classes.  Here’s what it looks like today:

Adherence to the most current COVID-19 protocols

All elements of the in-person sessions are configured with Covid-19 safety protocols in mind. We keep class sizes small for personalized attention. A six-foot distancing minimum is built into the session and is observed throughout the day including placement of practice stations. Participants are required to wear their masks except when giving breaths. Participants will practice first aid techniques on themselves; previously, these were partnered activities.

Enhanced Sanitation Techniques

An important part of the training is the hands-on aspect – it gives responders confidence to act in the high-stress situation of a medical emergency. During the sessions, participants will have their own manikins and AED units on which to practice these techniques; previously equipment was shared. These items will be sanitized on-site, followed by a deep disinfection off-site. Other items, such as mouth shields and bandages, are disposed of after use.

Take a moment to assess your emergency response plan for medical emergencies.

With the current protocols in place, do you have enough trained staff covering your facility’s operating hours? Do your teams have the equipment they need to respond to an emergency?

With our enhanced medical training offering, we are working with clients to evaluate their programs and providing training options that are flexible enough to meet their needs and their operating patterns today.

Don’t wait – a medical emergency doesn’t wait for a convenient time to happen. Give your team the skills they need to recognize and respond to potentially save a life.

Reach out to Walden’s EHS professionals by calling us at 516-624-7200 or by email to learn more.