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Emergency Medical Technician Safety Training

No one knows emergencies better than emergency medical technicians. While most other people run away from dangerous situations, they come running in to help save as many lives as possible. Below, you’ll find a list of training topics that are required for most Emergency Medical Technicians.

OSHA Required Training

Bloodborne Pathogens OSHA Regulation: 1910.1030(g)(2)

When OSHA Requires Bloodborne Pathogens Training:

Required for employees that may be occupationally exposed to blood or potentially infectious materials. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

Annually.

Downloadable Bloodborne Pathogens Training Resources (free):

  • Bloodborne Pathogens Awareness Powerpoint

  • Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Bloodborne Pathogens Training Videos (paid):

  • Bloodborne Pathogens in Industrial Facilities by Atlantic Training

  • Bloodborne Pathogens in Healthcare Facilities by Atlantic Training

  • Bloodborne Pathogens in First Response Environments by Atlantic Training

First Aid OSHA Regulation: 1910.266 App B

When OSHA Requires First Aid Training:

In the absence of a nearby hospital or clinic (more than 4 minutes away), a designated employee should be trained to render first aid. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

Retraining for life threatening emergencies should occur annually. Retraining for non-life-threatening response should occur 'periodically'.

Downloadable First Aid Training Resources (free):

  • Basic First Aid Powerpoint

  • First Aid Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

First Aid Training Videos (paid):

  • First Aid by Atlantic Training

  • First Aid in Construction Environments by Atlantic Training

  • First Aid: React & Respond AHA by Summit Training

HazCom / GHS OSHA Regulation: 1910.1200(h)

When OSHA Requires HazCom / GHS Training:

Employees that may be exposed to hazardous substances as part of their job. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

When there is a change.

Downloadable HazCom / GHS Training Resources (free):

  • HazCom / GHS Powerpoint

  • HazCom / GHS Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

HazCom / GHS Training Videos (paid):

  • HazCom (GHS) in Industrial Facilities by Atlantic Training

  • GHS Safety Data Sheets Training Video by Atlantic Training

  • HazCom (GHS) in Healthcare Facilities by Atlantic Training

Emergency Evacuation OSHA Regulation: 1910.38(e)

When OSHA Requires Emergency Evacuation Training:

If fire extinguishers are provided in your workplace and/or anyone will be evacuating during a fire or other emergency. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

When there is a change.

Downloadable Emergency Evacuation Training Resources (free):

  • Emergency Evacuation Powerpoint

  • Emergency Evacuation Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Emergency Evacuation Training Videos (paid):

  • Evacuation Procedures by Atlantic Training

  • Emergency Evacuation by Digital 2000

  • Emergency Planning by Atlantic Training

Fire Extinguisher OSHA Regulation: 1910.157(g)

When OSHA Requires Fire Extinguisher Training:

When fire extinguishers exist in the workplace, the employer should train employees on their usage. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

Annually.

Downloadable Fire Extinguisher Training Resources (free):

  • Fire Extinguisher Training Powerpoint

  • Fire Extinguisher Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Fire Extinguisher Training Videos (paid):

  • Using Fire Extinguishers Safely by Atlantic Training

  • Portable Fire Extinguishers Protecting People And Property by Coastal Training

  • Fire Extinguisher Safety by Atlantic Training

Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment OSHA Regulation: 1910.132(f)

When OSHA Requires Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training:

When an employee is required to wear PPE, they must be trained on its usage. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

Retraining required when the type of PPE changes, employee demonstrates inability to use PPE properly, or when the workplace changes in a way that renders previous training obsolete.

Downloadable Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training Resources (free):

  • Personal Protective Equipment Powerpoint

  • Personal Protective Equipment Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training Videos (paid):

  • ppe

    Personal Protective Equipment by Atlantic Training

  • ppe construction

    Personal Protective Equipment in Construction by Atlantic Training

  • Personal Protective Equipment Refresher by Atlantic Training

Industry Best-Practice Training
(Not required by OSHA)

Decontamination

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Decontamination Training Resources (free):

  • Decontamination Powerpoint

  • Decontamination Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Decontamination Training Videos (paid):

  • HAZWOPER Decontamination Procedures by Atlantic Training

  • Decontamination A Matter Of Life by Coastal Training

  • Decontamination by Summit Training

Patient Safety

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Patient Safety Training Resources (free):

  • Patient Safety Powerpoint

  • Patient Safety Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Patient Safety Training Videos (paid):

  • Patient Safety: A Critical Issue by Envision Inc

  • Patient Safety Light The Way by Coastal Training / DuPont

  • Patient Safety Coaching and Teamwork by Coastal Training / DuPont

Hand Hygiene

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Hand Hygiene Training Resources (free):

  • Hand Hygiene Powerpoint

  • Hand Hygiene Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Ergonomics

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Ergonomics Training Resources (free):

  • Ergonomics Powerpoint

  • Ergonomics Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Ergonomics Training Videos (paid):

  • Industrial Ergonomics by Atlantic Training

  • Office Ergonomics by Atlantic Training

  • Laboratory Ergonomics by Atlantic Training

CPR & AED

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable CPR & AED Training Resources (free):

  • CPR & AED Powerpoint

  • CPR & AED Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

CPR & AED Training Videos (paid):

  • CPR 2000 by Atlantic Training

  • CPR And AED: The Chain Of Survival by Coastal Training

  • Adult Child and Infant CPR and AED by Atlantic Training



Injury Risk

  • Very Low
  • Low
  • Moderate
  • HIGH
  • VERY HIGH

0.9% (rough approximation based on ambulatory health care services industry) 0.9% Annual Injury Rate

Emergency Medical Technician Safety Tips

Quick Tip

EMTs not only deal with ill and sick people, but are also called to many different types of situations just in case. Sometimes these situations can become very dangerous. Having a good understanding of the signs of aggressive and unstable behavior will help you to properly evaluate any situation you are called out to.

No one knows emergencies better than emergency medical technicians. While most other people run away from dangerous situations, they come running in to help save as many lives as possible. With an extensive knowledge of medicine and the necessity to react as fast as possible, EMTs have to be prepared for anything. With so much information to learn and be thinking of constantly, it can be easy to let some basic safety procedures slip. As an EMT, safety in the community is your number one job, and the best way to make sure that you yourself are out of harm’s way as much as possible is to keep reviewing the simplest steps you can take to protect yourself.

Be aware:

  • Survey the scene first. Look for any especially hazardous situations—especially something you feel you shouldn’t engage in alone.
  • Look danger in the form of violence r debris on the ground. Move quickly to accomplish what needs to be done, but also be cautious.
  • Stay at a safe distance from any violent situations. Follow the instructions of any police officers present; never get in their way if they need to react to a situation with force.
  • Learn how to properly use a defibrillator, and make sure this along with any other portable equipment has been inspected and serviced.
  • Always consider the risk you are taking carefully. Never put yourself in a situation so dangerous that you are risking your own life.
  • Communicate with your coworkers. Being united as you go into a dangerous situation will help keep everyone safe.

Wear proper safety gear

  • Bright vests will help to make your presence known if you are working on or near a roadway.
  • Helmets should be kept in case you must enter an area where there is potential for falling debris.
  • Keep the appropriate gloves for any situation, including handling equipment and performing basic medical procedures.
  • When not on a call, keep all your gear together so you can easily grab it during an emergency call.

Limit Your Exposure

  • Always follow the basic guidelines that dictate dealing with bio hazardous waste and chemicals.
  • Put bio waste, sharps, and any other potentially hazardous chemicals in properly labeled receptacles.
  • Wear a mask when dealing with ill patients to limit the spread of germs and airborne disease.
  • Keep all equipment clean and sanitized to protect yourself and those you are helping.
  • Stay in shape and be properly rested before shifts. This will help you to keep your immune system strong.

Practice safe driving

  • Be on constant alert for other drivers that might not pay attention to sirens.
  • Even with a siren, use restraint when it comes to excessive speeds.
  • Make sure the ambulance or other emergency vehicle has been properly serviced and is in working order.
  • Have someone help you when putting the vehicle in reverse; a spotter will help you to avoid minor crashes or pedestrians.

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