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CPR certification should not be required for all employers, health care provider and non-healthcare providers to require CPR certification upon hire. Money should not be spent on 100% of employees unless the training is genuinely needed and justified for a particular circumstance. For example, it doesn’t appear logical or efficient for a food establishment that employees anywhere between ten and thousands of employees to have all of them be CPR trained.

Mandating CPR training will give the benefit of safety and potential support in an emergency situation. This is not without a price. On average training will require 8 hours of time and the cost will be about 100 dollars for each person. The other factor to be considered will be the labor time lost in the work place. These 3 factors can have a significant impact on the local business as well as large chain establishments.

On the surface having more people CPR trained sounds like a good idea. Unless all people have set roles, this could prove to be more chaotic and lead to several different repercussions. The ideal is that people take action quickly and work as a team. The other side of that is that because everyone is trained, everyone may be looking to help the person and no one person takes immediate action putting the patient at jeopardy. There can also be situations where because everyone is certified, there is the assumption that someone else can take responsibility.

Under OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), many occupations require CPR training. Federal OSHA standard 1910.151 states: “In the absence of an infirmary, clinic or hospital in near proximity to the workplace which is used for the treatment of all injured employees, person or persons shall be adequately trained to render first aid.” “Adequately trained” is not clearly defined which is where there needs to be clarification. Employers need to meet OSHA and their own workplace standards. Where businesses have the fortune of additional time, money and resources they can have all employees CPR trained otherwise I do not feel it should be mandatory.

It may or may not be beneficial to train all employees because who am I to state that spending the money on certifying all employees is not effective if it will save one life. If there is an abundance of money and resources, I would rather prioritize it to areas that have this need and will benefit more from these services that blanket training for everyone. For example, ideally I would like to research the locations that place a greater number of EMS (Emergency Medical Services) calls. It should be looked at how many individuals are CPR certified at these locations and that number should be increased or more AEDs (Automatic External Defibrillators) placed. Another priority would be to have OSHA change the verbiage from “adequately trained to render first aid” to certain number of CPR certified individuals for the number of people employed or a percentage/ratio. If that percentage/ratio is not sufficient to provide life saving measures for employees than the CPR certified individuals should be increased. CPR certification is important and should be prioritized to areas and employers that are losing a greater number of lives.

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