Let’s face it – life-threatening emergencies happen, and unfortunately no business is immune. But, what do you really know about these types of situations and what it takes to be prepared?
Up until recently, I had a lot of questions too. So I reached out to an industry expert and we discussed everything employers should know about emergency preparedness. Here’s a summary of what I learned:
3 Reasons for AED Compliance
Automated External Defibrillators, or AEDs, are used by emergency response teams to stop an irregular heart rhythm so that the body can reset back to normal functioning. And, thanks to modern technology, specialized versions of AEDs are available for use in the workplace.
I spoke with Frank Sileo, AED/Training Specialty Global Account Manager at Cintas,;and he explained there are three reasons why organizations are interested in implementing an AED program:
- New regulations or government mandates
- A tragedy occurs
- An organization is proactive
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) regularly monitor employee safety and change the rules, sometimes annually.
On top of that, city or state governments also make their own employee safety regulations. “This is when many organizations start to take action and make sure their safety measures are up to code” Frank states. However, being up to code doesn’t necessarily mean you have the best program in place for your employees.
Experience a Tragedy
Unfortunately, some businesses will experience a tragedy before implementing a proper AED program. After the emergency, most organizations make sure proper procedures and products are put in place to avoid similar situations in the future.
Other times, a company is proactive and seeks out an AED program that fits their organization best. This company understands their footprint, their employees, and knows that they may face this type of emergency situation at some point. So, they work with a partner that can offer an all-inclusive program, featuring the best products and training.
And, I think that is the best route for Corporate United members as well. As a whole, we should be proactive instead of waiting for new regulations or an unfortunate emergency situation to occur.
Choosing the Best AED Program
If you haven’t already considered implementing an AED program into your organization, we have you covered.AEDs are part of ourFirst Aid and Safety Program with partner Cintas. Our program is aligned to the latest AHA guidelines and features innovative product technology, including:
- Audio instructions
- Product sensors that monitor technique
- Readable screens
- Preferred Pricing
- Individual and Group Rebates
- Service Levels
- Market Checks
Matt Narens: Manager, Category Development at Corporate United
In his role at Corporate United Matt works with both CU members and supplier partners to ensure that the programs he manages are delivering maximum value. This includes everything from commercializing new offerings to conducting category lifecycle and supplier relationship management. His efforts are focused on minimizing the administrative burden and reducing the total cost of ownership related to indirect spend for Corporate United members. They also include aligning strategies with Corporate United’s supplier partners in order to best meet the needs of the market.