First aiders from the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL) last Saturday won the maiden Corporate First Aid competition organised by the St John Ambulance.
Other participants in the competition were Nestle Ghana, Community First Aiders and Volunteers of St John Ambulance Ghana (SJAG)
Held on the theme, “Safety and health in the use of chemicals at work: Safety is life”, the competition sought to foster the awareness of safety and health at workplaces and in homes. Work environment
The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Mr Sulemanu Koney, who was the guest speaker, stressed the need for the institution of measures to ensure safety at the workplace.
According to him, an accident–free work environment arising from proper health and safety education of the employees would lead to a productive workforce at the various workplaces. The competition
He said the objective of the competition was to impart knowledge on safety procedures and first aid to both mine workers and community members in a competitive but entertaining mode.
Mr Koney said the demands of work and the quest to maximise revenue in organisations sometimes overrode concerns for safety and health practices.
He said competitions such as the one held was necessary to enable corporate institutions to adopt safety consciousness, not only at the workplace but also “in our domestic areas in order to live safety”. SJAG
The Chief Executive Officer of the SJAG, Dr Yaw Antwi-Bosiako, said knowledge in first aid was important in all aspects of human endeavour.
He said first aiders could identify potentially serious conditions, treat simple but life-threatening conditions and prevent mishandling of casualties.
Dr Antwi-Bosiako said “even in the case of accident, there is some assistance from competent providers of first aid to reduce disability and mortality”.
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