“One, two, three, four, five,” I huffed haggardly as I counted the number of compressions. Sweat was beading on my forehead as I continued counting and using the bits of remaining strength in my arms to push, push, push. I asked a colleague to pull out her phone and call 911. “And grab the first-aid kit and AED!” I yelled. My arms were fatiguing. My heart was racing. Finally—muscles seizing—I completed the total number of required compressions and the instructor called, “Next!”
As part of E Source’s workplace commitment to employee safety, a group of safety-minded coworkers learned CPR and first aid to help us take action in an emergency and prevent fatal tragedies in the office. The newly formed E Source safety squad is getting staffers to think more carefully about safe practices in the work environment.
The utility industry has had a laser focus on safety for quite some time. After hearing about our utility members’ efforts to make a cultural shift that emphasizes safety, we thought it would be prudent to engage in the same exercise—even though we don’t face the same daily dangers as utility workers do.
It started simply. A group of employees got together to start a safety squad, a team dedicated to supporting workplace safety and educating employees on how to make the office a less hazardous environment. We created a safety board that studies new safety-related topics each month, such as sun safety and responsibility around electrical wires and outlets. At our recent companywide meeting, we shared information on how to do hands-only CPR.
The E Source safety squad is slowly but surely shifting the office culture to one that’s more attentive to workplace safety. Our employees have developed awareness of the squad and our roles. They talk about the great video provided by the American Heart Association on hands-only CPR. They’ve signed up for our next training—hosted by the local fire department—on fire safety and how to use fire extinguishers. This journey is much like those compressions: It can be difficult to continue, but having the ability to potentially save a life is well worth the effort.