Accidents can happen anywhere, including at work, which is why all businesses should have at least one first aid kit. The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to think about your company’s needs and to make sure that you have the right supplies in sufficient quantities and that first aid kits are easily accessible.
First Aid Requirements for Workplaces
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)’s guidelines state that first aid supplies must be readily available and that one or more individuals must be trained in first aid. In many cases, meeting the minimum requirements isn’t enough since some businesses carry more risks than others.
In order to figure out what your workplace needs, think about the types of jobs your employees do and the needs of the people you serve. For example, if you run a small office, a basic first aid kit might be sufficient. If you operate a restaurant, you should have plenty of supplies to treat cuts and burns. If you run a school or daycare, you need to be concerned about the many types of injuries children, staff members, and visitors might experience.
Consider the size of your business and staff and the numbers of people you typically serve. If you have a large number of employees or get a lot of customers, or if your business operates out of a large building or multiple buildings, you will need several first aid kits. They should be located throughout the building, clearly marked, and easily accessible. Make sure you have supplies to treat a wide range of injuries and that you have enough of each type of equipment in case multiple people suffer injuries at the same time.
Put someone in charge of checking first aid kits and restocking supplies on a regular basis. The frequency will depend on the hazards associated with your business and the needs of your employees.
First Aid Training
Rendering first aid quickly can save lives, especially if your workplace isn’t located near a hospital. OSHA’s requirements for first aid training are broad in most cases, but there are specific requirements for specialized industries. Consider providing first aid training for new employees, as well as refresher courses for people who have been with the company for a while, even if it isn’t mandated.
Be Prepared to Treat Workplace Injuries
1st Aid Supplies sells first aid kits in several sizes and first aid cabinets that can be mounted on a wall to make them easily accessible. Our kits contain bandages, gauze, antiseptic, cold packs, and other supplies that can be used to treat common injuries. We also offer other supplies that you can purchase and add to your kit if your business has more specialized needs. Start the new year off right by making sure you and your employees are prepared to treat injuries. Order one or more first aid kits or cabinets today.