So many emergency situations aren’t on the world stage, and are instead happening in front of our eyes, in person. Of the 10,000 heart attacks that happen in the workplace each year (American Heart Association), being able to recognize signs of trouble early is key to survival.
Workplace safety isn’t just about these catastrophic events. It is also about the powder exposure to the skin, causing irritation. The misstep on the stairs, where the stumble led to a sprained knee; or the colleague who is ashen in color and feels faint because suddenly their blood sugar went low. It could be the unfortunate placement of a thumb when using the table saw, where the importance of quick action was needed to stop the bleeding and to seek medical attention.
Monica Blackwood is CEO of West Sound Workforce, a staffing agency with offices in Gig Harbor and Poulsbo. She writes a regular column for the Kitsap Sun on human resource issues in the workplace.