In June 60 of Brenntag CR employees attended an interesting training in first aid in the format of experiential education. This training was provided for our company by PrPom, which is a leader in the Czech market in regard to organising one-day experiential first aid courses. Experiental course was organized in collaboration with KNO Česko company.
The characteristic feature of these events is the high degree of involvement of the participants themselves and the sufficient space created for their practical training in order to acquire new skills. The training methods that are utilised simulate specific situations in practice, while not only demonstrating the progression of work processes, but also some everyday situations in regard to an ensuing incident, that any of us could encounter. The course participant comes to the crash site, where there are real people with professionally mocked-up injuries, as a saviour, and their health condition develops in accordance with the way in which they are treated.
After the completion of the intervention the participants receive feedback in the course of a group discussion that is led by a tutor, during which they learn about how well they intervened. From the helpers they learn how they acted during their intervention and also how the helpers felt while they were being treated. The tutor leads the discussion in such a manner that it is beneficial for all parties involved and enables them to develop their skills in regard to providing first aid.
The aim of this course is to learn how to proceed in these emergency situations and to unveil any weaknesses in regard to solving them and to find ways in which to work on eliminating them.
Overall, the event has contributed to awareness of how to behave in a critical situation and in addition to the evaluation of the participants’ individual potential in regard to saving a human life. The employees had the opportunity to experience situations that arise from accidents that can happen not just at work but also in their private lives. At our plant, we were additionally able to verify certain accident scenarios that we, theoretically however, address in in-house instructions. The entire event also significantly cemented relationships in the workplace and contributed to strengthening the safety culture, which constitutes one of the most highly rated principles of our company.
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