Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the National Safety Council’s launch of a new workplace safety program designed to combat an alarming rise in workplace and anyplace drug overdoses by increasing awareness of the need for naloxone in workplaces and ensuring people are trained to use it.
Key highlights of the new initiative, Respond Ready Workplace, include advocacy and education, as most employers do not understand the tragic data on the increasing fatalities in the workplace. NSC will also provide educational materials to raise awareness about the opioid crisis and the importance of naloxone in mitigating its impact. NSC will also be providing training resources to educate employees on the proper administration of naloxone, empowering all workers to respond swiftly and effectively in emergency situations. Lastly the program will guide employers on how to obtain and incorporate medications like naloxone into their workplace first aid kits or other accessible locations.