First Aid Kits, First Aid Supplies and First Aid Stations:
First aid kits and first aid supplies should be an important part of any office, workshop, plant or facility where a person can become injured. There are many different types of first aid kits that include everything from basic first aid supplies to trauma kits, burn kits, skin care kits, wound care kits and eye, face and body wash stations that you should have available for employees depending on your workplaces particular hazards.
The best thing you can do for your staff is have first aid kits and first aid supplies on hand to provide immediate care for an injury until you can get the proper medical care. Providing training on how to use first aid kits and first aid supplies in the workplace is very beneficial and can save the lives of employees. If you work in a dangerous occupation and have important first aid supplies in the workplace knowing how to properly use them can be the difference between life and death.
Bandages and antiseptics alone are extremely valuable and should be the basic foundation in your first aid kit for wound care. By cleaning and tending to a wound immediately you reduce the risk of infection that could otherwise turn into a larger medical problem causing unnecessary loss of workdays.
A basic first aid kit comes supplied with items such as adhesive tape, antiseptic ointment, band-aids in assorted sizes, a blanket, cold pack, disposable gloves, gauze pads and roller gauze in assorted sizes, hand sanitizer, plastic bags, scissors, tweezers, small flashlight, extra batteries, syrup of ipecac, and triangular bandages.
Eye and body wash first aid kits and supplies are the most common kits you can have on hand at work. These provide essential eye wash in case an employee has some debris or foreign material inside of their eye. Having an eye and body wash first aid kit on hand will allow you the ability to immediately wash out the eye with a sterile, buffered, flushing solution that will help remove particles and relieve irritation from the eyes until you can get the injured person medical care. In some cases, the eye wash will be sufficient and the injured person will not be required to seek additional medical care. Body wash is often needed when chemicals come in contact with a workers body or skin. Someone may have to entirely wash and scrub their entire body due to the exposure of harmful chemicals and solutions. Scrubbing needs to happen as quickly as possible when chemical exposure occurs. A wash station is the best thing you can have to protect your employees work against any potential hazards.
Emergency response medical kits have just about everything to help with the most traumatic breaks and other types of injuries. These types of first aid kits and supplies contain splints for broken bones, bandages for cuts, gauze for deep wounds and antiseptics for cleansing cuts and wounds. You have to subdue the patient before you take them to the hospital or while you are waiting for an ambulance. It is very good to have these items on hand at all times.
Biosafety first aid kits and supplies are essential if your employees are working in a hazardous environment with biohazards, which could be chemicals, medical liquids or poisonous inhalants. They can get into your eyes, onto your skin, into the lungs and can be deadly depending on your level of exposure. Biosafety first aid kits/supplies will allow employees to treat a person immediately upon contact before getting the proper medical treatment.
When you have a business you need to keep first aid kits and first aid supplies on hand. You should have a first aid kit that is designed to work with the type of business you have and the common injuries that might occur.
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