Safety is one of the most important aspects of our working life. Each of us have some type of "hazard" in which we work. Sure, the office staff may not be as prone to hazards and accidents as those in the shop or "on the road" doing service work, but there are still issues with which each of us have to deal. And let's not have any jokes about "paper cuts" among the office staff!
Heart attacks happen "EVERYWHERE" and "ANYTIME"! And heart disease is still the #1 cause of death in the USA with one statistic setting the number at some 610,000 deaths annually. But... when it comes strictly to "Heart Attacks", the CDC states that 735,000 occur annually. You can read their article at this link.
When we purchased the company back in 1992, we made a promise that our employees would be sufficiently trained to handle the possibility of one of their co-workers having a heart attack during the work day.
So we've teamed up with various EMT's and other qualified organizations who can teach (and certify) our employees in the life saving skills necessary in today's world. Re-certification is recommended every 2 years. One statistic indicates that we will loose half of what we learned after only 1 year, and at A.R.&E., we do our best to keep our employees properly certified every 2 years.
This critical, life saving skill, is taught during working hours, for which the employee is paid their full hourly wage, and participation is totally voluntary.