How to Start an Effective Workplace CPR Certification Program

How to Start an Effective Workplace CPR Certification Program

Mackenzie Thompson

by Mackenzie Thompson

Life Saver, NHCPS

posted on Jun 1, 2015, at 12:02 am

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IN THE OFFICE OR WORKPLACE, you might feel compelled to get involved with the health of your coworkers or staff. One way to get involved is by planning a health-centered program. In honor of the upcoming first week of June, which is CPR and AED Awareness Week, why not try and plan a workplace-wide CPR certification program?

How Community-wide CPR Certification can strengthen your Workplace’s Health

Imagine CPR certification throughout your entire workplace. CPR saves lives, yet unfortunately 70 percent of Americans feel helpless during a cardiac emergency (source: AHA). Cardiac emergencies can happen anywhere- mostly outside of the hospital and certainly within the office.

CPR certification can give your co-workers or staff both improved mental and physical health. Mentally, employees can feel emotional safety and peace of mind, and physically you’ll be better prepared for a cardiac emergency.

Starting an Effective Workplace Program for CPR Certification

1. Better understand your workplace
The business or company you are working for or with most likely have different employees with specific and unique job positions, which are different from yours. Understanding your workplace can help you better plan a CPR certification programs. Learn the many goals of the company, positions of co-workers, and important people within the company.

2. Set a goal and figure out logistics
Inspiring every single of your employees or co-workers might not be a rational goal, while a third of them could be. It’s important to remember that every CPR certificate is important. If you can only inspire a handful of workers, that’s ok! Simply spreading awareness and making the effort can save lives.

Talk with your supervisor about the CPR program, and see what he or she has to say about what you can or cannot do. Teamwork is an essential part of CPR itself, so a CPR program should not just be the efforts of one individual.

3. Get to know the people
Understand your co-workers on a more personal level and try to build a professional relationship with those interested in becoming certified in CPR. More people will be interested in certification if they know the planner him or herself.

4. Spread the news
After working through the logistics and getting to know your co-workers on a professional and friendly level, you can start spreading awareness in other ways than simple word-of-mouth. You can do several things, such as hang fliers, send emails, organize a meeting, or share on the business’ social media channels.

If you feel compelled to get involved within your workplace, why not do something for the greater good of both the entire workplace and individual participants. Planning and implementing a CPR certification program can benefit the company in several ways, and result in a safer and healthier workplace.

How will you be participating in CPR and AED Week?

About Mackenzie

Mackenzie is a lover of world travel, photography, design, style and Chinese cooking. She is passionate about working towards a purpose, recently graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Media and Marketing, and is currently residing in Manhattan.

Contact Mackenzie at mackenzie.thompson@nhcps.com.
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