World First Aid Day

September 7, 2022

World First Aid Day - Chemscape Safety Technologies

September 10, 2022, is World First Aid Day and this year’s theme is Lifelong First Aid learning. The day raises awareness of the importance of First Aid and emphasizes that no matter what age or stage you are at, having first aid skills and knowledge helps create safer and healthier communities.

Importance of First Aid Training

First aid is useful for everyone as anyone can encounter a situation that involves the need for first aid skills. Teaching safety begins at a young age at home by educating kids about the importance of wearing seat belts in vehicles or using a helmet while bicycling. Swimming lessons not only teach life-saving skills that prevent drowning but also include a module on water safety, first, aid and survival skills. Teens can take CPR and First Aid certification courses increasing their preparedness for emergencies in life. There are even first aid courses for pets and psychological wellness now.  

First Aid in the Workplace

Many of us take first aid as part of our workplace health and safety training requirements. First aid is useful for everyone as anyone can encounter a situation that involves the need for first aid skills. Chemscape is reminding our customers of our product features that can assist with your first aid management. sdsBinders and CHAMP have first aid icons that communicate the need for safety equipment like safety showers, eye washes, or a defibrillator, and text boxes can specify where employees can find this equipment during an emergency. These can be applied to workplace or secondary labels, and SmartChart® posters. Workplace labels also have precautionary statements which include first aid measures in case of exposure.  

First Aid Needs Assessment 

sdsBinders and CHAMP have an SDS by GHS Class report based on WorkSafe BC Health and Safety regulations that you can use as a first aid needs assessment tool to ensure you have the necessary Emergency Shower and Eyewash facilities for the chemical hazards onsite. For example, shower and eye wash stations near areas where corrosives are used. An SDS by GHS Class report can also be used to identify flammable products in a location and use this list to perform an audit of fire extinguishers throughout your facilities; ensuring they match any hazardous substance which may need to be extinguished.      

Chemscape’s CHAMP system has increased sensitivity beyond the requirements of a single regulatory body as CHAMP approvals recommend spill and first aid measures based on the UN number associated with each SDS.  

Liability Considerations When Performing First Aid 

Depending on where you live there are different liability considerations for providing first aid as a general bystander or a citizen. Good Samaritan laws offer legal protection to people who give reasonable assistance to those who are, or whom they believe to be injured, ill, in peril, or otherwise incapacitated.   

In Canada, the Good Samaritan doctrine is a legal principle that protects the rescuer who has voluntarily helped a victim in distress from being sued for wrongdoing. In the US, all states have a version of a Good Samaritan law. The details of the Good Samaritan law vary by jurisdiction, including who is protected from liability and under what circumstances.   

When first aid is part of your job responsibilities, the care can include cleaning minor cuts, scrapes, or scratches; treating a minor burn; applying bandages and dressings; the use of non-prescription medicine; draining blisters; removing debris from the eyes; massage; and drinking fluids to relieve heat stress. The employer is bound by OH&S regulations to provide adequately trained personnel and first aid supplies.  

Chemscape Can Help Your Business Assess its First Aid Risk 

Partner with us to prepare your workplace hazards and reduce risk using our Chemical Hazard Assessment Management Program (CHAMP).   

Elevate the level of occupational health standards for your company.