Imagine your employees are working with chemicals when something goes wrong. Maybe it’s a slip or a splash, but in an instant, chemicals splatter the eyes or the skin. And in that instant, the employee can sustain severe damage if the employee and his/her coworkers don’t act quickly.
First aid provides the initial and immediate attention to a person suffering an injury or illness and in extreme cases a quick first aid response could mean the difference between life and death. In some cases, first aid can reduce the severity of the injury or illness and can also calm the injured person, reducing stress and anxiety.
A successful hearing loss prevention program benefits both the company and the affected employee. Employees are spared disabling hearing impairments and evidence suggests that they may experience less fatigue and generally better health. Ultimately, the company benefits from reduced medical expenses and worker compensation costs. In some cases there may be improved morale and work efficiency.
Hearing protection is required if a worker is subject to noise above 85 decibels over an eight-hour period. If hearing protection is required, then a complete hearing loss prevention program should be instituted. We will discuss hearing loss prevention programs in our next blog.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Occupational hearing loss is the most common work-related injury in the United States (especially in the manufacturing sector). Approximately 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous noise levels at work, and an additional 9 million exposed to ototoxic chemicals. An estimated $242 million is spent annually on worker’s compensation for hearing loss disability