All companies in the Philippines are required under Rule 1960 of the Department of Labor and Employment to establish occupational health services in accordance with the guidelines and regulations provided for under said Rule 1960.
And it is compliance with this OSHS Rule 1960 that is the main motivator for corporations to certify their selected employees in First Aid and CPR.
But employers are not to stop there. The importance of having First Aid and CPR training is not be dismissed as purely one component in the wide-scope occupational health and safety (OHS) field which companies have to deal with year after year.
At best, employers should consider at least two important aspects of providing First Aid and CPR training to their employees, namely:
- the significant financial impact of injuries which could easily lead to lawsuits, fines, absenteeism, compensation or back-to-work programs
- how First Aid and CPR training can contribute to the employees’ well-being and quality of life both at the workplace and in their personal lives
Unfortunately, only few employers realize and recognize the importance of providing their workforce with effective wellness programs that could enhance their productivity and competencies.
Instead of just complying with the DOLE/OSHS requirement, employers should consider increasing the number of employees trained in Heartsaver First Aid and Heartsaver CPR AED beyond the occupational health and safety minimums.
Employees in the different departments in a company should be engaged in Corporate Wellness Programs which could include Heartsaver First Aid and/or Heartsaver CPR AED training. By investing in said training, employers are bound to benefit as well by having well-motivated and inspired workforce, by reducing the cost of medical and health-related reimbursements of employees, and by reducing employee absenteeism – all leading to optimal productivity for the company or business.
Check out the findings of a study conducted by the University of Michigan at Steelcase Corporation where the company paid:
- $597 more per year in healthcare costs for every employee who had excessive alcohol consumption
- $488 more for every employee who is sedentary
- $327 more for every employee with hypertension
- $285 more for every employee who smokes excessively
According to a certified integrative health coach in the Philippines, “companies should design and implement a corporate wellness program to achieve a sustainable integrative well-being of their employees.”
Corporate wellness programs yield significant returns including:
- enhanced recruitment and retention of healthy employees
- improved employee relation and morale leading to a more supportive and harmonious workplace
- improved business bottom line – reduced cost of employees’ health benefits and decreased productivity losses due to employees injuries or health problems
Business owners should support and encourage implementation of a suitable wellness program for their workforce. Investing in the health and safety of employees will result to a happier and more productive workforce.