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Preparing for a Workplace Accident

Preventing accidents in the workplace is something many businesses focus on each year as they implement training and purchase first aid cabinets for their premises. Unfortunately there is no way to prevent or predict an accident and when it will occur. The best defense is to be prepared in advance with proper skills, procedures and tools to handle the situations should they arise.

Here are some basic tips for handling workplace accidents.

Survey Your Workplace Conditions

Understanding what risks are present at your workplace is important for creating and effective emergency response plan. The possibility of bodily injury is higher in construction and industries where workers are using physical force and operating heavy machinery versus a possible choking or fall injury that may occur more often in an indoor office or retail setting. Taking the time to understand the various job functions and injury possibilities is a great place to start. Look into history of past injuries at the site and incidents as well to create a plan for future prevention.

Get Proper Training and Certifications

Being safe at work isn’t just important, it’s also the law. Be sure you are up to code with all training and compliance requirements for your industry and check with OSHA for any additional training and certifications that must be completed, including how often and be sure to work them into you plan. Basic skills such as CPR and knowledge on how to stop bleeding or be the first on scene at a large scale incident can go a long way in keeping workers safe and your business from hefty fines.

 

Stock First Aid Supplies

Nothing will keep you more prepared to respond in an emergency than a fully stocked first aid cabinet. Supplies like bandages, gauze ointment and OTC medicines are only a small part of what cabinets can include. Additional supplies like personal protection gear (i.e. safety goggles, hard hats and more) should also be purchased to remain compliant and protect workers.

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Personal Protective Equipment Market on the Rise

Protecting workers from unsafe conditions is an important component at any job site. Whether the working conditions involve sitting in an office at a desk, or especially when operating heavy machinery at a busy construction site.

Safety is a top priority not only to prevent catastrophes and harm but a law in many settings. Lack of the proper protections will lead to accidental injuries oftentimes. Even when given the right protections, failure to have a plan and enforce use of them can also lead to injuries.

Luckily today, many businesses understand how important providing safety gear, offering proper training and having rules in place for their use is to business. As a result the market is heating up for personal protective equipment. Ranging from ear plugs to safety googles and hard hats – there are many options for delivering adequate protection dependent on the job being performed.

According to the latest study from Hexa Research, the market for personal protective equipment is expected to reach $55.6B globally by 2028. This rising rate is directly attributed to the amount of employers who now understand the seriousness of employee health and safety at work.

In a bid to minimize occupational fatalities these workplaces are turning to technological innovations and new protective gear options. In Europe and North America, which had the largest market share, strict standards from OSHA and other industries moved the market ahead.

The recent uptick in industrialization in emerging economies such as China, India, and Brazil will also contribute to increasing market share for PPE.

Both manufacturing and construction are playing a key role in growth while industries like oil & gas, automotive and refining are also seeking better protective clothing while on the job.

Hard hats capable of withstanding significant blows to the top of the head as well as ear muffs that block out dangerous sound levels and face shields to protect the eyes and mouth are critical pieces of equipment needed on the jobs.

1st Aid Supplies offers personal protective equipment from hearing products like ear plugs and muffs to high quality safety glasses and goggles as well as hard hats, safety boots and vests and more. Shop today!

 
Summer Vacation First Aid Kit Essentials

With only two weeks to go for the official start of summer vacation season, people are already planning their trips, packing their swimsuits and picnic baskets and confirming travel plans. But don’t forget that even along these travels, there is possibility of injury and emergencies to occur.

Here are 3 tips for packing a summer travel first aid kit to stay protected even while you’re having fun.

Pack for the Occasion

Just as you’ll be packing outfits for the things that you’ll be doing on your trip – fancy clothes for dinners at night, a bathing suit for the beach, or boots for your hiking adventures, you’ll need to think about taking first aid supplies that will come in handy in the environments you’ll frequent. Sun screen where there will be extreme sun, insect repellent if you’re camping for example, or even bandages and wraps if you’ll be climbing and at risk for a sprain.

Carry Common Supplies

In addition to any supplies that are particular to your travel plans, it makes sense to carry common supplies in your kit to aid in even the smallest cuts and scrapes. As you build your kit, be sure to throw in plenty of band aids, anti-histamines for allergies, a general pain reliever for any illness as well as tweezers and antiseptic spray to keep things clean and sanitary.

Keep it Handy

You’re on vacation, the last thing you want to do is lug around an extra bag or box of stuff you may not even need to use. That’s why it’s critical to pack a kit of just the absolute essentials and keep it light and easy to take along, otherwise you may end up leaving it behind only to regret that decision.

Being extra cautious of your surroundings and remembering to take proper precautions against any dangers is important, but you are also there to get away and enjoy time away from work and home, so make the best memories you can.

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First Aid Supplies That Keep You Covered During Common Injuries

Scrapes and cuts are a common injury most people will face a multitude of times throughout their life. It’s easy to accidentally fall or rub up against something jagged and get snagged. Most of these are non-life threatening and easily fixed with a quick wash and band aid application.

Here are some of the most common supplies to fill in your portable first aid kit.

Adhesive Bandages

Cover small or large scrapes and cuts by keeping various adhesive, elastic bandage sizes in your first aid kit. Butterfly bandages are also great to have on hand when you need to closing deep lacerations.

Gauze & Tape

Larger wounds will require dressing using gauze and tape to properly cover the wound. These supplies are great for controlling bleeding as they are extra absorbent.

Over the Counter Medicines

Address allergies, headaches and common cold symptoms quickly by having the right medication on hand at all times. If you require other special emergency medications it’s important to keep extras on hand as well in case of an emergency. Your first aid kit is a great place to store them.

Basic Tools

Scissors, tweezers and safety pins are also great tools to keep in your first aid kit to assist with dressing an injury, pulling out debris from the skin or closing a bandage in a pinch. Application items like cotton swabs and latex gloves should also be stocked.

Keeping a simple first aid kit on hand at all times will ensure you have the basic supplies needed to address the most common injuries. Whether you purchase an already assembled kit with supplies or use your own plastic container and fill it with supplies, the important thing is to ensure you have the right items and enough of them.

1st Aid Supplies offers unitized first aid supplies so you can refill your first aid kit as well as over-the-counter medications from trusted brands and generic labels. Shop Today!

 
Preparing Your Home for Disasters

They say no one is every truly ready. That's a pretty spot on statement. The general nature of an emergency after all, is that happens at the most unexpected time. The problem is further compounded when people are unprepared for those situations. Failure to predict possible dangers or to know basic survival and first aid skills can make a trying situation that more difficult to endure.

In our own homes, where safety is a priority, it’s important to be well prepared for potential disasters and have a plan in place that everyone in the family is confident and well-rehearsed in.

Here are some tips for preparing your home for disasters.

Understanding the Possibility of Catastrophes

Most people will admit that if there isn’t an immediate or direct danger to them, they aren’t thinking of the possibilities for a catastrophe or how to plan in advance for it. If you live in California, earthquakes and wildfires are on your radar much more than someone living in Connecticut who may have much less frequent encounters with these natural disasters. Still, the threat shouldn’t be taken lightly. Urgency is a must and understanding that no one is safe will make it easier to get a plan in place that could save valuable lives.

Have a Preparedness Plan

Putting together a plan for when disasters strike is key. That includes details on where to go if there is a fire, who to call if family is separated, and access to important documents in the event that they cannot be retrieved. These details as well as practicing how they will play out can keep your family confident even during emergency situations.

Review First Aid Skills and Tools

Not only is it important that your family know where first aid kits are located and what supplies are needed for certain injuries, but you should spend some time getting the family comfortable with delivering medical treatment using those supplies.

Pack important supplies like bandages, gauze, antibiotics and the such. You can also purchase first aid kits that come prefilled and ready to go. 

1st Aid Supplies carries everything you need to keep your first aid kit fully stocked. From bandages, antiseptics, dressings, medical instruments, OTC medications, CPR products, and even fully-stocked first aid kits and wall-mount cabinets.

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