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Long hikes in the San Francisco Bay Area offer us opportunities that have become rare in the modern day: To encounter nature (our own as well as that of the outside world) in an intimate one-on-one fashion. Because this is such a departure from the usual manner in which so many of us live in San Jose, however, there can be risks involved in the venture that we may not consider until we encounter them – and by then, it may be too late. Anticipating – and preparing for – the possible pitfalls will leave our minds free to focus on the excitement of the journey.
The safest wilderness hikes are typically undertaken under the supervision of seasoned guides. With proper forethought and precaution, we can certainly enjoy a successful excursion without the help of a professional. Lengthy hikes in wild terrain should never be undertaken alone, however. Companions are crucial. Trusted friends can give us invaluable aid in the event of an injury and also provide us with a gift that’s often underestimated on the trail: psychological support. Fatigue, hunger, dehydration, sun, cold and various other factors can all impair our judgment and confuse our emotional responses. Two or more heads are definitely better than one when it comes to negotiating these sorts of risky experiences, especially when our very survival may be at stake.
Ideally, everyone who is going on the expedition should understand the basic procedures of medical rescue and first-aid. These skills include CPR and the application of bandages and splints. Practice these techniques beforehand until they become second nature, especially if you’ll be traveling through terrain that poses significant risks. It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the environment that you’ll be traveling through. Some factors to be aware of include the availability of water, possible high altitudes, any posted warnings in the area and the projected weather forecast.
We burn a lot more calories (about 3,000-5,000 for men and 2,000-3,500 for women) per day when we’re involved in a strenuous activity such as hiking. Pack enough food to compensate for your exertions along the trail.
Other crucial supplies that you should have on hand include:
– solution for water disinfection
– a fire starter kit
– an improvised shelter
– a map
– a compass or GPS
– a cell phone
– emergency lighting
– insect repellent
– a multi-tool knife
Be sure to break your boots in well in advance of your trip in order to avoid that great enemy of all Bay Area hikers – blisters. If you’re setting out merely for a day-long excursion, it’s still advisable that you prepare for an unexpected night spent outdoors.
It’s important that you know your own medical history as well as that of any traveling companions. Preexisting conditions can be exacerbated when we enter into unfamiliar environments. Lung problems, for example, will typically become more severe at high altitudes. Be particularly aware of any temperature extremes that you may encounter along your projected road. Consider also any severe allergic reactions that you or any of your company may be vulnerable to, such as bee stings, poison ivy or any of various food allergies.
First-Aid training with STS has a number of benefits. It can be helpful not just in tackling emergencies but in dealing with more minor incidents – and in helping to avoid accidents and injury in the first place.
It is often necessary for staff in San Jose to be trained in first aid in order to meet legal health and safety requirements. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) requires that workplaces provide basic medical facilities that can take care of all their employees in case of emergency. This means a clinic, hospital or other healthcare facility must be available to all employees. This facility must be “in near proximity” as defined by OSHA specifications. OSHA defines “near proximity” as within four to six minutes’ response time in the case of particularly dangerous workplaces or within 15 minutes’ response time in the case of workplaces that don’t offer any unusual hazards. Those San Jose workplaces that don’t have such a facility nearby must have staff members who are trained in first aid and CPR so that someone can quickly render aid in the event of an injury or a sudden illness (such as a heart attack).
Legal requirements aren’t the only reason for undertaking first-aid training in the San Jose workplace. Having somebody on-site who can immediately jump into action if there’s a medical emergency can save precious time. In a serious situation such as a cardiac arrest, every minute counts. Knowing what to do in the event of a severe injury such as a dangerously deep cut, a bad burn or an electric shock can minimize the resulting injury. A trained first-aider can perform lifesaving treatment such as CPR while waiting for the paramedics to arrive; this can mean the difference between a good outcome and a poor one.
Another good reason for training employees in first aid is accident prevention. Our Safety Training Seminars First-Aid course covers workplace safety makes employees more aware of potential hazards and the possible consequences of ignoring regulations and taking unnecessary risks. This kind of training can help staff to feel more involved in and responsible for keeping their workplace a safe and healthy environment. Rather than being annoying barriers to efficiency, health and safety rules come to be seen as useful tools that benefit everyone. Trained staff can also support their co-workers in making good choices, reminding others of guidelines and why these exist.
As well as the obvious advantages, a first aid course can confer more subtle benefits. Training in first aid can also improve morale in the workplace. Arranging a first-aid course with STS demonstrates a clear commitment to staff welfare and training together can encourage team-building.
Arranging a first aid course is not hard. Individual staff members can be trained off-site at STS’s San Jose office on Meridian Ave., perhaps attending a group course in the evenings. Safety Training Seminars will also visit your workplace and administer training on the premises of you have a group of 14 or more.