Safety Consulting

Written by Shirley Parker
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Safety consultants can train an employer's workforce either on site or at the consultant's training facilities. Generally, it is less expensive for the employer to place an order for on-site training, if more than one or two employees need training. But distance is a factor, too. Many consulting firms offer safety and health consultation and sell related products, such as special disinfectants to kill mold, moisture meters, CPR pocket masks, resource manuals, and computerized defibrillators,

A safety consultant's training style is usually upbeat and lively to keep the attention of employees who are used to animated everything in today's high tech world. Most individual subject presentations last about an hour, for the same reason. An entire course may run 30 to 60 hours or more. Video presentations, humor where it's appropriate, and interactive workshops all help to get the message across. The best consultants offer participants a chance to fill out an evaluation form where they can honestly say what they thought of the training class(es). A summary of those feelings is given to the employer, so they may determine if the class was worth the cost.

OSHA does not monitor public school systems. Therefore, school districts often need to bring in a safety consultant, though they may shy away from doing so, unless parents insist on it. Ethical reasons exist for making sure that students, staff, teachers and administrators are not being exposed to chemical levels that would not be tolerated in any other workplace. Unbelievably, some highly toxic components may include a daily dose of methylene chloride, arsenic, and lead in art or industrial arts rooms, depending on the school district. A safety consultant can conduct reviews and suggest alternatives.

Workplace Response to Cardiac Arrest

According to High Safety Consulting Services, every minute that passes without defibrillation for a cardiac arrest victim results in a seven to 10 percent decrease in survivability. And no one even calls for help for the first minute or two, while reality is setting in. 911 responders get there as fast as they can. Yet in a city like Los Angeles, where emergency rooms have been closed all over the city, and EMTs are spread thin from having to transport their patients much greater distances than before, ambulance response may well be too late. Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) are easy to use in the workplace, when people have received training. Most of us still have some qualms about a non-medical person's ability to react calmly enough to follow the computerized directions, and maybe, invasion of privacy from gawking onlookers.


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