SHANGHAI, China – To coincide with China’s annual National Safety Month, and to further its Health and Safety Commitment, Ford China held a series of training sessions throughout June and July to raise safety awareness, and to give employees valuable first-aid skills they can apply in emergencies.
While Ford prides itself in maintaining world-class safety practices, there’s always room for improvement – both for employees at Ford, and to make the company a model for others to follow. Around 2.3 million people worldwide die every year from work-related injuries and illnesses, according to the UN’s International Labour Organization. This number conceals vast differences between work safety conditions in different countries and economic sectors, but it shows the vital need to raise safety awareness, and improve occupational safety and health practices worldwide.
At sessions in Shanghai and Nanjing, participants learned how to deal with a number of common issues faced by first aid responders, including difficulty breathing – often caused by choking – bleeding, unconsciousness, fractures, and how to perform CPR.
The events also coincided with the introduction of Automatic External Defibrillators in Shanghai and Nanjing as a first line of response in the unfortunate event of a heart attack in the office. Emergency Response Coordinators in each location have been trained to use the units.
Many of the participants had never attended a first-aid training session, but all found it practical and eye-opening.
“I never had the chance to participate in this kind of training before. I wish I’d had the chance long ago,” said Jean He, core program manager at the China R&E Center. “The training is really useful. It provides us with a lot of knowledge that we never had a chance to learn before.”
Huili Zhu, an IT financial analyst, said that the session had inspired her to talk to her coworkers. “I have already recommended this training to quite a lot of colleagues. I will participate again if there are advanced-level courses, and want to join again in future to revisit the training.”
The lessons learned by the participants learned aren’t just applicable at work. They can be used in daily life to respond to emergencies at home or on the street. Research has also shown that first-aid training helps to reduce accidents by raising awareness of safety hazards; people with first-aid training are less frequently injured than those without it.
Even employees who have previous first-aid training enjoyed the experience. Angela Zhou, a Competency Center analyst, learned first-aid five years ago, but said her recent session was “very useful.”
“The hemostatic bandage [to help stop bleeding] was the most important session,” she added. “I’d like to attend again and strongly encourage others to attend as well.”
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