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Return to Work and OHS Planning – Life at the Office Post Pandemic

Return to Work and OHS Planning – Life at the Office Post Pandemic

  • First aid training: Please ensure first aid certificates for your first aid attendants are valid and current. Please view the training tab to see what training is available in your province.
  • Joint OHS Committee: It is mandatory to have a Joint OHS Committee in the workplace. Ensure that your committee is re-established and that all members have taken the mandatory committee training course.
  • First aid & PPE supplies: Please let us know if you require any first aid or PPE supplies. It is likely that your facility may have expired items that require replacement or updating. If you require an on-site first aid audit please email info@sostech.ca
  • SOS Educational videos: in order to assist your staff that is returning to work (or new hires) we have educational videos available to support your OHS team. These videos also include a review of how to operate your SOS fully-automatic oxygen unit.
  • AED:  Be sure to check the expiry dates of pads and batteries.
  • Emergency Preparedness Supplies: In light of recent events in BC & Alberta  (wildfires, floods, pandemic) consider adding emergency preparedness supplies to your OHS plan.

Why is Access to Emegency Oxygen Important?

Why is Access to Emegency Oxygen Important?

Life-threatening medical emergencies are usually accompanied by low tissue oxygen levels (not enough oxygen supply to tissue and organs). If this progresses, the brain will begin to die first, with other organs following. Additionally, low oxygen levels to the heart may lead to cardiac arrest. After AIRWAY, supplemental oxygen is the most important first step in treatment. Consider these facts:
  • Half of all heart attack deaths occur before the victim gets to the hospital.
  • The average arrival time of professional help is 8-12 minutes.
  • Disability or brain death can occur within the first 4 minutes!
  • 38% of deaths are caused by heart disease and stroke.
  • Over 3,000,000 Canadians suffer from heart or blood vessel disease.
That is why we offer emergency oxygen as part of the SOS OHS programs
Emergency Oxygen Training
SOS Emergency Response Training (ERT)
  • Instruction in basic procedures to help sustain life in a medical emergency until the arrival of medical professionals.
  • Education about risk factors, signs, symptoms, and actions to follow in case of heart attack, choking, hemorrhaging, shock, and breathing emergencies.
  • In-depth explanations of the importance and administration of emergency oxygen.
  • Training certification provided in the form of a training guide and certificate card issued to each participant.
  • Approximate training duration of 60 – 90 minutes.
Emergency Oxygen Equipment
SOS Emergency Oxygen Inhalator
  • Portable, safe, and simple, with easy “On-Off” operation.
  • Available in two-stage preset or variable flow models.
  • Impact-resistant case.
  • Includes dual purpose resuscitation mask.
  • “Two-Stage” regulator for ultimate reliability.
Oxygen Equipment Maintenance Services
Emergency and Comprehensive Maintenance
  • 24-hour response.
  • Automatic inspections performed annually at your premises.
  • Parts replacement or repairs and hydrostatic testing at no extra cost.
  • Refills at inspection periods at no extra cost.

ShakeOutBC 2019

On October 17 at 10:17 a.m., millions of people worldwide will practice how to “Drop, Cover and Hold On” during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills. British Colombians can join by registering for the 2019 Great British Columbia ShakeOut.

  1. register for the drill
  2. spread the word
  3. plan your drill

After you register, send proof of registration to info@sostech.ca and you will be entered to win a 1 person 72 hour emergency kit.

How to Choose A First Aid Kit

Province regulations specify minimum requirements that employers must meet and the contents of the first aid kit at work should be guided by the first aid needs assessment completed by your OHS team. Your OHS department knows the workplace better than anybody else and site-specific assessments should be regularly conducted to identify potential hazards that employees are exposed to at the place of work. This hazard assessment will identify the individual needs of the workers in order to choose a first aid kit that not only meets provincial requirements but one that can properly handle the most likely problems to occur. Looking for a more robust or custom first aid kit? Contact us today and one of our knowledgeable team members will work with you from beginning to end to make sure you have everything you need. Keep your first aid well-stocked with extra supplies at all times: You never know when a disaster or crisis will hit.

Items I like to make sure to add to my first aid kit:

  • Large gauze pads are easier to cut down to size than trying to make smaller pads fit over a large wound. If you can only choose one size pad, go for the larger size such as a 4″ x 4.”
  • Non-stick dressings would be a good idea, otherwise the bandage will have a tendency to stick to the wound and this makes dressing changes difficult.
  • Waterproof dressings can come in handy, as they can be used over clean skin and are flexible enough for camping and hiking activities
  • Emergency blanket – besides being used as a blanket, it can be used for shelter and the fluorescent orange/shiny silver can help attract attention.

Always go for branded items and make sure you check the expiration date of all available first-aid items with you. The most useful items in a first aid kit are gauze, gauze pads, ice packs, steri-strips, butterfly bandages, ace bandages, slings, splints, and glucose for diabetic situations.

Should you have emergency oxygen in the workplace?

In the case of a heart attack and/or stroke the heart muscle does not receive blood and therefore, is not receiving any oxygen. If efforts are made early in the course of a heart attack to increase the amount of oxygen reaching the heart, then the patient’s chances of surviving increase. By supplying the patient with supplemental oxygen we can increase their chance of survival and quick recovery.

FACT:  During an emergency, lay rescuers need a simple straightforward design in order to minimize the time necessary to start life-saving oxygen therapy. As the regulator is the main user interface it is important that is be as user friendly as possible.

FACT: SOS Emergency Response Technologies has the ONLY portable emergency oxygen unit with a two stage regulator. It’s like having two oxygen regulators in one unit:

  • Dependable
  • Safe
  • Accurate
  • Superb performance
  • Reliable

A primary factor to consider before implementing an oxygen program in the workplace is the cost of the equipment, training and service versus the cost of the human factor. Other factors to consider include the possibility of decreased sick time post injury/illness and enhanced employee to employee relations due to health and safety improvement.

Bottom line – emergency oxygen should be available in any safety conscious workplace – a life may depend on it.

Alaska Earthquake 2018

7 days ago a 7.0 earthquake struck near Anchorage, Alaska and rattled residents. We’ve all seen the images and watched the videos. Roads were destroyed, vehicles were stranded and people scrambled for cover. There were scenes of chaos, images of terrified students taking cover in class and the sounds of sirens wailing. It amazed me how many people pulled out cell phones to record and did not DROP, COVER & HOLD. Despite all this there were no serious injuries and no deaths. People described the event as the most violent earthquake felt and thousands were without power for hours.

Here in BC, we live in an active earthquake zone yet I find most people I speak to are complacent about being prepared. Having an emergency plan, practicing that plan and investing in a 72hr emergency kit makes sense. Your emergency kit can be used for any event – earthquake, flood, fire or power outage. SOS can supply you with safety and survival kits for any of these emergencies. Our kits are available for 1 person, 4 person or a larger offices, school or business. We keep some of our kits small so they can be kept in your car and are easily mobile.