Safety Alert: First Aid, CPR and Covid-19 - Shared by Port of Tyne

Published: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 17:18

Early Information Sharing is a PSS priority; aimed at proactively preventing incidents.  Safety Alerts are good opportunities for members to review/modify existing safety control measures and are a leading indicator of a positive safety culture.

This Safety Alert has been shared by one of our members to raise awareness of the importance of First Aid, CPR and Covid-19, details are attached.

The Resuscitation Council have provided the following advice for anyone performing CPR for persons where there are no signs of life or an absence of breathing:

Safety Alert

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  •  If the rescuer has access to personal protective equipment (PPE) (e.g. face mask, disposable gloves, eye protection), these should be worn.
  •  As it is possible that the victim may have COVID-19 do not listen or feel for breathing by placing your ear and cheek close to the patient’s mouth.
  •  If you are in any doubt about confirming cardiac arrest, the default position is to start chest compressions until help arrives.
  •  Call 999 - make sure an ambulance is on its way.
  •  If there is a perceived risk of infection, rescuers should place a cloth or towel over the victim’s mouth and nose.
  •  Carry out “Chest Compression Only” CPR and early defibrillation until the ambulance arrives. Put hands together in the middle of the chest and push hard and fast.
  •  After performing “Compression-Only” CPR, all rescuers should wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water, alcohol-based hand gel is a convenient alternative. They should also seek advice from the NHS 111 coronavirus advice service or medical adviser.


Suggested Use

Suggested use

Personnel: Please forward this alert on to colleagues in your port environment including management, supervisory, staff and the wider stakeholders including tenants/suppliers on the port estate.

Distribution: These can then be downloaded, printed and posted at various strategic locations such as workshops, notice boards, staff canteens, smoking areas etc to raise awareness about causes and preventive actions.

Discussions: This safety alert can be further utilised to facilitate safety discussions and stimulate employee safety leadership through toolbox talks, leadership 'Walk the talks' and hazard hunts, just to name a few.

More information can be found below

Special thanks to our member Port of Tyne for sharing this alert with the rest of the industry.



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