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Workplace First Aid Training: What to Expect

Keeping the workplace safe isn’t just common sense, it involves a number of mandated policies and practices that must be followed to remain compliant. Depending on the worksite and dangers present at the location, this can include the use of protective equipment, first aid training, and even special certifications.

Understanding what’s required for your workplace is a great place to start. As both the employer and the employee there is a responsibility to keep conditions safe and peaceful. Safety training ensures everyone is on the same page about where to access first aid supplies and what to do should an emergency situation occur.

Here’s a closer look at what to expect with first aid training sessions in the workplace.

On-Site Training

In order to ensure all employees have received hands-on training on the procedures necessary to conduct emergency care, holding an onsite training course is a great route. Professional instructors certified in First Aid, CPR, AED and more can be chosen to meet your requirements. They will put together a specialized training plan that fits your organization's specific needs and incorporates your company specific guidelines and budgets. Even if staff members are already trained, recertifications are a great reason to book them for an onsite training session as well.

Online & Video First Aid Courses

If an in-person instruction for first aid procedures is not necessary or required, it’s still important to get information on proper handling of emergency situations out to employees. This can be done using online training courses or even video courses.

At 1stAidSupplies.com we offer many resources and information outlets including training for first aid, CPR, and OSHA classes.  You can also purchase safety and first aid cd's for your company directly from our catalog.

With a video training kit, you’ll get an instructional video, a comprehensive instructor's guide, scheduling and attendance forms and employee quiz forms. You’ll also receive employee booklets with text and illustrations to highlight important points and posters that can be displayed around the workplace to remind everyone of the importance of safety. 

 
Getting Employees Onboard with PPE

Safety in the workplace is a number one priority particularly in industries like construction and manufacturing when employees are coming into contact with heavy machinery and dangerous risks throughout the workday. In addition to training, personal protective equipment (PPE) plays an important role in helping to curb injuries and fines. Understanding this necessity is only part of the solution. There is also a need to drive buy-in from employees so they truly understand the benefits and actually use PPE.  

Change Up Training

It’s always a good idea to change things up when you want to elicit a reaction. Boring, traditional training methods of having employees sit and watch an instructional video no longer works. Studies have shown most people react better when they are shown how to do something and have hands-on opportunities.

If you’re hoping to get employees to truly understand the importance of safety on the job and why using PPE can make them more efficient and productive, it’s a good idea to change up your training style and promote positive changes in safety behaviors with real-life examples of risks.

Offer Incentives and Rewards

While focusing on mistakes and bad habits is a good way for management to know what’s happening around the operations, you may find your workforce reacts positively when they are given rewards or incentive and other positive reinforcement anytime they practice safety measures. Over time the idea of following rules to be rewarded will become a natural habit on the work floor.

1stAidSupplies offers a wide variety of protective equipment to keep employees safe when dealing with a number of hazardous situations. We also offer solutions for spill cleanup, environmental safety, ergonomics, safety posters and signs, MSDS lockout and tag out and other OSHA-compliant safety equipment.

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Build a First Aid Kit for Hurricane Season

Hurricane season is in full swing for those located in coastal areas, that means everything from flooding to power outages are on the radar. This year’s hurricane season is predicted to be especially active with 14 large storms already named and 7 of those expected to become hurricanes, it makes sense to be prepared.   

Here are some tips for building a first aid kit to keep you prepared for whatever emergencies hurricane season brings in 2018.

Understand the Dangers

In addition to large amounts of rainfall that cause flooding issues, hurricanes typically come with very strong winds – strong enough to damage homes and cars and put people in real danger. Understanding these potential dangers is key to preparing a defense.

Take Inventory

It’s a good idea to check that you have supplies on hand and readily available in the event of a storm emergency. Take some time now that there are no current threats to write down what you have and what you’ll need and also factor in the number of people you’ll be responsible for should an emergency arise. Having this information will help you to plan accordingly and ensure there are enough supplies for survival for all.

Stock-up on First Aid Supplies

Once you have a list compiled of what you need to add to your kit, compare that to these recommended first aid supplies for surviving a hurricane disaster. Aside from basic survival items like food, water and lighting be sure to include these items:

- Over the counter medications

- Antiseptic Wipes and Hand Sanitizer

- Bandages and Gauze

 Biohazard Waste Disposal Bags 

 

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1st Aid Supplies has everything from disaster preparedness kits with supplies for up to 20 people to survive for 3 days including food, water, sanitation, and medical tools to stay healthy and safe until first responders can arrive. We also carry common first aid supplies like bandages, gauze, antiseptics, ointments, and pain relievers and specialty items like stethoscopes or trauma kits for EMTs and first responders. 
 
Wildfire Smoke Protection for Outdoor Workers

Wildfires in the United States continue to be a major threat. Each year more and more acres are burning as fires spread throughout dry terrains. The increased spread of fire is due to changes in the climate such as drier vegetation and stronger winds which are feeding flames and kindling these dangerous fires.

Just this week, areas of Montana, Washington, and California are watching wildfires spread or are under a severe watch for them.

The issue is more than just burning land, however. These fires are also ruining air quality. The more wildfires we have, the more smoke and pollution like fine particles are entering our lungs through the air we breathe each day.

For workers who must spend their days outside this becomes an even bigger issue. Especially when they are located close to an area with a wildfire burning.

To protect workers, Cal/OSHA recommends that businesses provide protective equipment such as face masks and other required respirator equipment to lessen their exposure to dangerous gases and particles in the air. Even after a fire has stopped burning risk from ashes in the air can be present so be sure that employees who work outdoors remain protected at all times.

Remember too, OSHA can issue fines for non-compliance on a per-employee basis. It’s about more than just protecting your workers from dangerous situations and workplace injuries – it’s about protecting yourself and your business from costly fines.

Shop 1st Aid Supplies for personal protective equipment that is fully compliant with all relevant OSHA and ANSI standards. We have products for use by the general industry to shipyards, construction, white collar jobs, and more. If you’re in charge of a workplace and the safety of employees, you can trust 1stAidSupplies.com to give you the tools you need.

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Chemical Exposure: Tips for a Safe Workplace

Workplaces across the U.S. have chemicals present at their premises that can put workers in danger if improper handling or unsafe storage of those irritants occurs. The Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) has a number of rules in place to protect workers and employers from serious injuries and hefty fines.

Part of OSHA’s “Worker Rights” include the right to proper training on job functions as well as safe handling of chemicals and other dangers present in the work environment. Employees also have the right to request that employers correct known hazards and can even request that OSHA perform an inspection of the premises.

Chemical danger from skin irritations and disorders to respiratory illnesses and more serious long-term problems are all possible risks when exposure to chemicals are present. Here are some tips for keeping your workplace safe.

Offer Frequent Training

Identifying hazards and correcting any issues as well as offering training to employees on how to handle the handling safely to prevent injury is critical. Have a chemical hygiene plan that all employees understand and know how to address situations should they arise. Offer this training frequently to keep the information current and fresh in all new and senior employee’s minds.

Use Personal Protective Equipment

Perhaps the most important supplies to order for workplaces where dangerous chemicals are handled or come anywhere near workers is protective equipment. Goggles, face shields, gloves and coveralls are all necessary to protect the skin and internal organs from coming into contact with the chemicals.

Order First Aid Supplies

Keeping a well-stocked first aid kit is a requirement for any workplace. However, with chemical dangers present, there will also need to be supplies added to the kit to address accidents under these conditions. Supplies such as eyewash stations, showers and cleaners and proper signage for dangerous areas and proper extinguishers should all be present on location.  

1stAidSupplies.com offers protective equipment to keep workers safe when dealing with a number of hazardous situations including battery acid and chemical spills.

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