First Aid Training
Knowing First Aid is critical in any organization, but when you're working around electricity and rotating equipment, it's even more important.
That's why our employees are part of an ongoing safety program that is guided by our Safety Committee and taught to us by Medical Professionals certified as instructors in First Aid and Industrial Safety. Outside Safety Professionals are either brought to our building (the preferred solution) or our employees go to an outside facility where Safety Seminars and Training is taught to our employees.
In addition to training, first aid supplies are required in the workplace. OSHA standard 1910.151 (b) also states that an employer must have "adequate first aid supplies...readily available," although specific first aid supplies are not listed. And while "specific" supplies are not listed by OSHA, each first aid kit may have different articles based on their location and what types of supplies might be required for that area. For instance, a first aid kit in the office area may not need "burn ointment" and bandages like a shop kit might have. We make every attempt to create first aid kits that meet "our" requirements, and the contents may change based on recommendations by the safety committee or our outside consultants. A.R.&E. has first aid kits available in various places throughout the facility and in each of the vehicles, to meet such a requirement.
The company holds monthly meetings that have strictly to do with Safety and all personnel are required to attend. Safety topics are sometimes taught by our own supervisors and committee members, but often we ask Safety Professionals to come in to talk about a specific topic. These meetings and the topics discussed can be about "Lifting Safety", "Fall Prevention", "Electrical Arc-Flash Safety", and even "General First Aid". Someone may get "burned" on a hot acetylene torch... and we have to know how to respond to such an accident. Our employees are ready, and by being ready, A.R.&E. has an excellent safety record.
Another safety item that maybe doesn't have to do directly with First Aid, but is key to a totally safe environment for our employees, is Fork Lift Safety. Not everyone is an "Authorized" fork lift operator. Those individuals who may have a reason and job responsibility to drive a Fork Lift, are given a test by our corporate Fork Lift Safety Trainer. If the individual passes the test, they are given a certificate and a wallet card certifying to that fact. Then, when a pallet containing some product needs moved or unloaded from a freight hauler, one of the "Certified" Fork Lift operators is given the task. It may not be directly involved with First Aid, but the Fork Lift training and certification program keeps our employees safe, and NOT requiring First Aid treatment due to a moving freight accident.
First Aid and other safety measures are extremely important to everyone in the company. And we're proud that our employees are conscientious about safety on a continuous basis.