Training employees to be prepared in emergency situations
Sponsored by Bayer Hawaii
The Bayer Emergency Action Plan program was created to ensure that Bayer employees, as well as the community-at-large, live and work in a safe environment by promoting safety in the workplace and increasing awareness through employee engagement.
The program started in 2016 with one instructor, but has since grown to include employees from all three islands: Oahu, Maui and Molokai. Bayer’s goal was to increase training so that the company had more employees that can be prepared to help save lives –whether it’s at home or on the job.
In 2017, Bayer Hawaii employees received the Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED certification from the American Heart Association through AED Institute of America. They are trained on how to respond to and manage a first aid, choking or sudden cardiac arrest emergency. This includes choking relief in adults, children and infants; what to do for sudden cardiac arrest in adults, children and infants and how to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock and other first aid emergencies. Its teams are also trained to treat bee stings and how to administer an EpiPen. This training has helped employees not only on the farm, but also in their personal lives.
“As a nurse for Bayer in Hawaii, it’s important for me to help give our employees the tools to not only help with bee stings and CPR training, but also for Bloodborne pathogen and telemedicine training,” says Melveen Camba.
Bloodborne Pathogen Training (BBP) is completed annually and is an OSHA standard for all first responders and employees with foreseeable exposure to body fluids. The purpose is to limit exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials at the job-site. Areas of high risk of exposure can include maintenance tasks, housekeeping, or assisting an injured employee when responding to emergencies. Training involves learning the type of personal protective equipment to minimize exposure and offering the Hepatitis B vaccination.
“The BBP kits can be found in all of our first aid kids on the farm, buildings, buses, medical clinic,” Camba explains. ” Under the standard, we do have a post exposure procedure that we must follow if there is any occupational exposure incidents.”
Telemedicine training is also done annually in conjunction with the Bloodborne Pathogen Training.
“What makes our sites unique is having telemedicine, which is led by experienced, board-certified occupational physicians from our occupational healthcare group CareOnSite,” Camba says. “This service is an added benefit provided by Bayer so that our non-emergent injury or illness can be evaluated sooner without needing to leave the job-site. After assessing and stabilizing injuries in the first aide center, our first responders or myself are trained to use telemedicine which is staffed 24/7 to facilitate and provide the best care for our employees.”
The Bayer Emergency Action Plan program has trained more than 70 Bayer employees across its farms and now those employees are certified in Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED, including infant CPR.