Safety Tip – First Aid Kits
- On 20 August 2016
- Posted by Chantal Mariotti
Abide by OSHA requirements – Occupational Safety and Health Act. This act is a primary federal law that governs occupational health and safety in the workplace. The goal of this act is to ensure that employers in all industries provide their employees with a working environment that is free from hazards which include toxins, excessive noise levels, heat or cold stress, as well as mechanical dangers.
Be OSHA compliant for your employees and limit your liability. OSHA’s regulations work to ensure that employees stay safe while on the job. As employers, abiding by OSHA’s requirements can reduce the likelihood of your company facing legal liabilities in the event an employee experiences an injury at work. Enforce strict safety regulations in the workplace to increase the protection for your employees as well as for your business.
Be prepared in the event of first aid injuries. Accidents can occur at any moment, therefore it’s important to be ready to take action in the event of an injury or emergency. Following proper first aid procedures can ensure that employees receive the correct amount of care at a moment’s notice. Make sure your first aid kit is fully stocked with all the essential remedies and train employees and staff on how to properly use the equipment. Being well prepared and having all of the necessary items can make you more relaxed and prepared to help those in need when and if the time comes.
Have a fully stocked first aid kit available. Having first aid training is only part of the requirement; you also need to make sure that you have fully stocked first aid kits available in the workplace. If you have a larger workplace or multiple locations it’s strongly advised that you have various kits available throughout your working environment to ensure that you will be able to quickly get to the first aid kit in the event of an emergency.
Make sure to communicate where and why the kit is available. Through proper communication, inform your employees about safety precautions as well as procedures in the event that someone at work is injured. Having the knowledge and awareness of where and why the first aid kit is available can ensure that everyone is prepared on what to do when accidents occur, that are minor and treatable with first aid only. Obviously, for more serious injuries, follow the requirements by sending your employee to your designated Workers Compensation Clinic, or call 911 if need be.
Make sure that you call 911 in the event of a serious injury or emergency!
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