Safety Spotlight: Heart Health, CPR, and AED

Safety Spotlight: Heart Health, CPR, and AED

February isn’t just for love–it’s also an excellent opportunity to discuss heart health! This month, we’re highlighting the importance of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training, automated external defibrillator (AED) training, and first aid (FA) training.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Standard 1926.50(c) states:

“In the absence of an infirmary, clinic, hospital, or physician, that is reasonably accessible in terms of time and distance to the worksite, which is available for the treatment of injured employees, a person who has a valid certificate in first-aid training from the U.S. Bureau of Mines, the American Red Cross, or equivalent training that can be verified by documentary evidence, shall be available at the worksite to render first aid.”

According to OSHA, approximately one in five workplace deaths happens on a construction site. Many health emergencies can happen to construction workers, including heart attack, stroke, electrocution, breaks, and strains. Every minute counts when a worker is severely injured or in cardiac arrest, and first responders may be delayed when responding to a call to a construction site.

Neumann Brothers’ safety goal for 2022 is to have every staff member fully CPR/AED/FA trained by the end of the year. By training the entire Neumann team on responding to cardiac and first aid emergencies, we can help save lives.

In conjunction with this initiative, it’s also important to discuss preventative heart health measures. Diet, exercise, and daily habits have a cumulative impact on your body. Managing stress, proper nutrition, and regular movement (like Neumann’s Stretch & Flex program!) are all great ways to improve your overall health.

For more information on CPR, AED, & FA resources, visit the Red Cross website and consider taking a training course.

Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy Heart Month!