OSHA Required Training
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 FrequencyRetraining for life threatening emergencies should occur annually. Retraining for non-life-threatening response should occur 'periodically'.
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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.
Downloadable Bloodborne Pathogens Training Resources (free):
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 FrequencyRetraining 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):
Industry Best-Practice Training (Not required by OSHA)
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Police Officer Safety Tips
There are constantly new weapons being used by both police officers and criminals. As an officer of the law who will come into contact with dangerous firearms on a daily basis, it is a good idea to keep up with local gun shows and training on advances in firearm technology.
Police officers do much more than keep the peace; they are responsible for the general safety of their entire community. This means that they are forced to rush into the situations that everyone else is afraid of. When danger is around, a police officer has to be willing and able to take care of it. With violent criminals, high-speed chases, the use of weapons, and exposure to hazardous chemicals and materials being a part of day-to-day life, it’s no wonder that police officers have some of the highest rates for injuries sustained on the job. Police officers will receive countless hours in training for handling specific situations, but it’s always good to remind yourself of the basics. The following safety tips are here to keep general safety in the forefront of your mind, not matter what dangerous situation the job calls you to next.
- Survey the scene first. Look for any especially hazardous situations—especially something you feel you shouldn’t engage in alone.
- Have a flashlight handy so you examine the path in front of you. Never be surprised when on duty.
- Look for danger in the form of violence or debris on the ground. Move quickly to accomplish what needs to be done, but also be cautious.
- Always know exactly where your weapons are, and never let anyone but you handle or use them.
- Keep your weapons clean. Make sure they are in working order before going out on a call.
Wear proper safety gear
- Bright vests will help to make your presence known if you are working on or near a roadway, especially when directing traffic.
- When not on a call, keep all your gear together so you can easily grab it during an emergency.
At the station
- Be familiar with emergency procedures in case of fire.
- Know the location of fire extinguishers and how to effectively use them.
- Run fire drills so everyone knows their duties in the event of a fire or other catastrophe.
- Keep walkways and emergency exits clear of all junk and clutter. This will reduce tripping and make quick exits easier.
Rely on back up
- Communicate with your fellow officers. Let them know of any difficulties or problems you are facing so that you can best help each other through dangerous situations.
- Never approach a dangerous situation alone. Always wait for back up to arrive. There is safety in numbers.
Practice safe driving
- Be on constant alert. Other drivers might not pay attention to sirens.
- Even with a siren, use restraint when it comes to excessive speeds. Make sure you have had the proper training before engaging in a high-speed chase.
- Make sure your squad car is in good working order. Get it inspected and serviced regularly.
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