Workplace CPR Training: Why and Where to Get It

Whether your workplace is required by OSHA to be certified in CPR, or if you simply want to make your workplace safer, then workplace CPR training is for you. In addition to meeting any OSHA requirements, there are intangible benefits. Workplace CPR training may help increase company morale. Holding CPR training in the workplace says to your employees that you care about their health and wellbeing, which will also increase loyalty. Workers who feel cared for by their company will have increased motivation to do their jobs well. And, as a business owner, you know intangibles like these create a positive, tangible difference in your bottom line. 

What is CPR Training?

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation or CPR is a life-saving technique used in emergencies to keep the heart beating. If someone is experiencing cardiac arrest they have double or triple chances of survival if CPR is performed immediately. Each year, almost half a million people die from cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest happens when the electrical impulses to the heart become either faster or random, which causes the heart to stop beating. And, around 45.5% of people experiencing cardiac arrest are saved by strangers performing CPR. Training your workforce in CPR lowers the risks of death by cardiac arrest and other health risks. CPR keeps blood moving through a person’s body if their heart stops beating. Even having partial blood flow increases the chances that the person can be resuscitated by professionals once the EMTs have arrived. 

Conventional CPR can be performed by healthcare professionals and people who have been trained. It consists of chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth breathing. The ratio of compressions to breaths is 30 to 2, so thirty compressions, then two breaths, and repeat. Chest compressions are done at a rate of 100-120 compressions per minute at a depth of 2 inches, at least, for an average adult. Chest compressions deeper than 2.4 inches should be avoided. Additional types of CPR will also likely be covered, like hands-only CPR. 

In addition to teaching your employees the physical how to’s of CPR, a CPR training course will cover information like signs of heart disease, and how to assess an unresponsive person. Universal precautions to take in emergencies are covered, along with personal safety measures that can be taken. These safety measures include the use of protective barriers. The skills for working in a team to provide CPR are also covered. Participants will be trained to perform CPR on infants, children, and adults. Proper body positioning for people who are unresponsive and breathing is also taught. 

CPR covers more than chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth. Helping people who are choking is also included. Training includes how to help infants, children, and adults who are choking. 

Many CPR trainings include a test at the end of class to become certified. The test and hands-on practice are designed to help you feel confident in case you ever find yourself in a medical emergency. 

How Long Does CPR Training Take?

For a basic CPR class, the training time will vary from 30 minutes to several hours. The length of your training will depend on how big the class is and what kinds of certifications are being taught. Skilled instructors will make the class interesting and easy to engage with. Remember, you’re learning skills that could save someone’s life, and those kinds of skills take time to learn and practice. 

How Long is CPR Training Good For?

CPR training is valid for two years from the date of the training. When it’s time to renew your certification, the training will not take as long as your original certification. 

How Much is CPR Training for the Workplace?

Basic CPR training for twelve people runs around $500. While that might seem high, keep in mind that the individual cost for CPR training can be $75+, so there is a huge opportunity for savings by holding a group training. 

Where Can I get Workplace CPR Training?

Here at BioFunctional Health Solutions (BHS), our trained professionals will bring the CPR training to your workplace, making it easy for all of your employees to attend. We will train your employees on safety in the workplace, and how to respond appropriately and effectively to medical emergencies. Workplace CPR training creates more safety in the workplace and can increase employee loyalty. Are you ready to train your workforce in life-saving skills, and increase employee morale with fun, effective CPR training? Reach out to us today to get started.