Alaska Conference Advocates a Safer Workplace

October 01, 2009 | Butch Palmero

With today's troubling headlines, workers are more concerned than ever about their well being — and their ability to react quickly and appropriately in an emergency. The teacher's conference held Aug. 4–6, provided an avenue for a first aid responder course conducted by Joyce Baker of the Alaska Red Cross. The teacher's conference was also the perfect place to introduce Tom Maher, new interim education director for the conference.

Alaska Conference believes teachers and office staff will benefit from the Red Cross CPR/AED with first aid training courses. It is a tangible way to show the value of workers' health and safety, and commitment to co-workers, their families and the community at large. At the same time, the conference will reap the benefit of a well-trained workforce that can manage emergency workplace situations more effectively and in less time than ever. It is the goal of the conference to participate in developing the vital knowledge and skills necessary to respond with confidence to life-threatening situations in the church, office or classroom. The CPR/AED component of this class included conscious and unconscious choking and rescue breathing for adults. A first aid certificate was awarded to all participants

The Alaska conference was able to partner with the Red Cross because of an alliance signed in May 2005, between the Red Cross and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.