Bayer Hawaii Employees Promote the Importance of First Aid
Across all of its farms on Oahu, Maui, and Molokai, Bayer Hawaii has created an environment that promotes safety in the workplace by increasing safety awareness through employee engagement. Four employees of Bayer’s Oahu Farms have recently gone above and beyond to ensure that their fellow employees, as well as the community-at-large, live and work in a safe environment.
In March 2017, Melvin Cervantes, Mark Dragich, John Eushev Paclob and Roderick Thorlacius-Ussing received their American Heart Association Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED certification from AED Institute of America. All four employees, also known as the Bayer Oahu Emergency Action Plan Core Team, are trained on how to respond and manage a first aid, choking or sudden cardiac arrest emergency. This includes choking relief in adults, children and infants; what to do for sudden cardiac arrest in adults, children and infants; and how to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock and other first aid emergencies.
“We find great pride and a sense of responsibility as members of the core team, “ said Melvin Cervantes. “Training employees to save lives is important business; I am so proud to be apart of this team. Be ready, be prepared; you can make a difference between life and death.”
The Bayer Oahu Emergency Action Plan Core Team has trained more than 70 Bayer employees across its farms on Oahu. All 70 employees are certified in Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED, including infant CPR.
Through their collaboration with the AED Institute, the four members of the core team have taken their training out into the community and have volunteered their time with the Kids 4 CPR at Waipahu Elementary and Honowai Elementary, instructing students on compression techniques.
They have also facilitated Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED certification training for employees of Daniel K. Inouye Honolulu International Airport.
“We love working in the community, a first aid course will not only teach life-saving skills, but it will also give you the confidence you need to act appropriately if an accident occurs. Knowledge, like they say, is power. Well that’s what we’re doing,” said Mark Dragich.
The mission of AED Institute is to promote within the community, the science and education of early defibrillation and CPR. Anyone interested in receiving Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED certification training can contact the AED Institute of America at