This is something that as instructors we teach as first aid participants we learn about. But have we ever stopped and noticed that when we are in a crowd of people and something is not “normal” how many stops to take charge or find out why?
I was recently at an event with lots of other people. A couple of us noticed that there was a smell that was not “normal” a chemical smell. First thought was there being lots of people and employees someone will look into what’s going on. As the day passed I brought it to someone’s attention in passing but failed to follow up later on to see if everything was ok. That thought stayed with me throughout the day “there are lots of people and employees someone else will follow up”.
The next day the smell was there again. And it boggled me all these people and employees, how come nothing is being done. That’s it I thought, and I made the enquire for the right department to investigate and followed up later that day. (The smell was gone soon after).
The couple of days played over in my mind, how come with so many people and staff around did it take almost 2 days before this was looked into. One simple answer… Bystander effect. When there are crowds, large or small we automatically assume that someone else will take charge.
My last thoughts on how we can change this is if you see, smell or hear something that’s not the norm to the situation that you are in, don’t be afraid to step up and take charge (remember to only act within in your set skills, and don’t cause harm).