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The Desloge Chamber of Commerce learned the importance of small businesses offering first aid training to their workers when a representative of Emergency And Safety Trainers (EAST) served as guest speaker at the civic organization's March meeting held at city hall.

According to EAST Director of Education James R. Fields, first aid training is required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

"If you are a small business owner like us, you may never have given thought about training your employees in first aid and CPR just due the nature of your business," Fields said. "The fact of the matter is, OSHA requires just about all businesses to have at least one trained personnel on duty at all times."

Fields noted that not all companies who teach first aid training have the qualifications to do so.

"You may think you're saving money, but after they leave all you will have is a piece of paper saying you passed their course," he said. "It means absolutely nothing because their training doesn't meet OSHA guidelines. You'll have to pay the extra expense of having an authorized trainer come in to provide the training necessary to meet OSHA federal regulations.

"EAST is an authorized training center for the Emergency Care and Safety Institute, American Safety and Health Institute, and the National Safety Council," he said. "We are also an authorized provider for the American Heart Association courses. We ensure that all courses meet current national guidelines and taught by credentialed instructors at an affordable price."

Fields said EAST offers a complete line of American Heart Association courses, ECSI, ASHI, and National Safety Council courses.

"For EMS professionals seeking continuing education, we offer CEU courses through our Missouri Bureau of EMS accreditation," he said. "For child care providers, we offer professional development clock hours from our MOPD authorized instructors."

Providing the business spotlight for March was Parkland Health Mart Pharmacy, owned by Lisa Umfleet and Jeremy Leach. Locations are in Farmington, Desloge, Fredericktown and Ironton.

Chamber Board of Directors President Shelley Tracy announced that the recent Dr. Seuss-themed trivia night held at Stone Park had been successful.

"The chamber would like to thank everyone who came out and played a part in our trivia night," she said. "We had a great turnout with nine teams attending. We want to give a big thank you to Little Caesars for providing the pizza and Walmart for supplying beverages. Thanks also to everyone who donated to our silent auction and the businesses who donated our door prizes."

Tracy encouraged the members to attend the upcoming Social Media Marketing Workshop being held March 15. Call 573-431-3006 before the March 9 deadline.

The next chamber noon luncheon will take place April 3 at the El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant in Desloge.

Kevin Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3614 or



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