According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the year 2019 saw approximately 15 workplace deaths per day on average. A proper first aid kit is as imperative as the contact details for a professional cleanup and restoration service in Broken Arrow, OK. OSHA also requires that “adequate first aid supplies” be easily accessible in the general industry, though they do not specify what qualifies as such. So, what exactly should go in a kit?
1. Dressing Materials
It is important to include items for staunching blood flow, closing cuts, and covering open wounds to keep out dirt and debris in an emergency kit. This includes:
Adhesive and non-adhesive bandages (roller, box, butterfly, and triangular)
2. Disinfecting Supplies
The materials needed to disinfect injuries are also vital components of any first aid kit. They are needed for cleaning wounds and killing microbes. Examples of disinfecting supplies that can be used to do so include hydrogen peroxide (or some other antiseptic), cotton balls, antibiotic ointments, tape, and moist towelettes.
3. Needed Tools
Tweezers, gloves, needles, and resuscitation equipment are also integral to any emergency kit. Gloves cut down on the possibility of infection when cleaning and treating injuries. Tweezers can be used to pull out splinters or other foreign objects stuck in bodies or to hold cotton balls when disinfecting wounds. Other helpful tools are scissors, thermometers, and syringes.
What is listed here is a very brief overview and does not by any means cover everything needed in a first aid kit. Some items that don’t fall into the mentioned categories include cold packs, blankets, finger splints, tourniquets, lubricants, syringes, safety pins, and more. When surveying your emergency kit, you also need to ensure the quantity is enough for all of your employees. The contents may not be adequate in certain severe circumstances, but they are important for emergencies.