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1st Aid Cabinets for Factories

The manufacturing industry in the U.S. makes up a giant portion of the workforce. It is a vital sector to the job market and employs millions. It’s also an industry with strict rules and regulations regarding safety and accidents. Depending on the jobs being performed, these factories can be extremely dangerous.

Even with automation and robotics taking over, there are still cases where humans are working alongside heavy machinery and put at risk. As these workplaces comply with OSHA standards and provide training for staff, they must also consider the availability of first aid kits to address accidents as soon as they happen.

On-site Analysis

Something all shop floors need to consider is what hazards threaten their specific operations. Once this is understood, measures can be taken to prevent and prepare for injuries. Whether that includes having bandages and gauze readily available, or chemical and burn treatments. Knowing what could happen and having the tools on hand and staff able to access and administer response is critical.

Compliance

Once workplace risks, hazards and preparations are in place, it’s a good idea for companies to check and double check that they are in compliance with local laws and Department of Labor regulations and are following all OSHA recommendations, or risk fines. This can include everything from the types of items to be contained in a first aid kit, to the location of that kit and can even change depending on how many employees work at the location or what equipment they are using.

First Aid Cabinets

First aid cabinets placed in locations around a facility can be the difference between life and death in some cases so paying attention to what supplies are needed and where to store them is key.

1st Aid Supplies offers cabinets in a variety of sizes to meet any needs. The Respond wall-mounted, industrial first aid cabinets contain ANSI minimum requirements and more for sites needing additional materials as defined by OSHA standards.

Contact us today to find the right first aid box for you.   

 
First Aid Cabinets for Auto Garages

Most workplaces come with a unique set of possible risks relating to the tasks being performed and conditions of the workplace. For auto garages, injuries can stem from slip and falls, to chemical exposure and more.

Workers compensation claims, medical bills and other fines can put your operations at risk. The best way to be ready in case of an emergency is to have a first aid kit on hand. Here are some of the common injuries that occur in auto garages and how a first aid kit can answer to the call.

Eye Injuries

Since mechanics are typically working underneath a hood or the body or a car with their faces close to the objects their fixing, the chances of debris falling down or kicking up into their eyes is greatly increased. In addition to pieces of metal shrapnel and sparks, the chances of chemicals and other harmful substances splashing into an auto workers eyes is greater than in most industries.

Protective eyewear like goggles and glasses should be worn. Your auto garages first aid kit should also contain eye wash so mechanics can quickly flush their eyes of irritants and get quick relief.

Sprains and other Injuries

Falls can happen anywhere, at any time, but the chances of a slip or a being struck by an object are increased on a shop floor where heavy machinery and cars are crowding the space. Dropping a part on one’s hand or foot or lifting equipment that is too heavy can all common ways that lead to injury in this workplace setting.  Your first aid kit can address sprains and other wounds quickly.

Chemical Exposure

Chemicals aren’t just dangerous if they get in someone’s eyes, but they can also cause burns on the skin if they are mishandled or a chemical spill happens at your garage. In some cases these situations could even lead to death if certain toxins are inhaled. Having mechanics in your shop use the proper masks, chemical aprons and other tools as they work with chemicals as well as offering training on how to properly use and dispose of chemicals is vital.

1st Aid Supplies.com  has an expansive list of options when it comes to first aid cabinets and kits ideal for the auto garage setting. Check out our product listings to find the right first aid box for you.  

 
Training for Safety & Disasters in the Workplace

Safety preparedness is important for any workplace.  While there are differing rules and regulations for some workplaces, having people trained in how to best handle emergency situations is critical across the board.

If you’re an office for example, you might want to have people trained in CPR or the Heimlich maneuver and perhaps familiarize them with fire drill steps. In a construction setting however, those tactics could change drastically based on the heavy machinery and greater risk of injury in that setting.

Familiarize yourself with some of the most common first aid requirements and how you can get them into your workplace.

Disaster Preparedness

Disasters – both natural and manmade, are difficult to prevent because they happen when we least expect it. The good news is that by planning ahead and offering training, your workplace can be ready with a clear and actionable plan to thwart additional dangers.

Imagine there is an actual fire burning in the building, people who don’t have an action plan might panic and start running through the halls looking for a way out, trampling and injuring others while they do. This can be avoided with a practiced approach on how to exit the building and where to wait until fire fighters arrive. The same is true during an earthquake or other catastrophe.

CPR & First Aid

Once there are people injured from an incident, they’ll need immediate attention – some before emergency medical help can even make it there. In these instances, the rate at which proper attention is given can mean life or death. Having a first aid kit fully stocked with items to address emergencies is important. In addition to supplies, you’ll have to have capable people on hand who can administer CPR or use the first aid kit properly. This is where training classes are critical.

OSHA Standards & Training

OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, assists in ensuring workplaces are getting the training they need and offers classes, CDs and videos for workplaces to get compliant with laws and have a plan in place for disasters.

Head over to 1stAidSupplies.com where we have many resources and information outlets as well including training for first aid, CPR, and OSHA classes for you to explore. 

 
Getting Ready for Safety in 2018

The New Year presents a perfect opportunity to refresh and recharge. As we head into 2018, it’s a great time to review safety measures and precautions and ensure you’ve got the right tools and procedures in place to be ready for when disasters strike.

Here are some tips on how to get ready for safety in 2018.

Everyday Precautions

Disasters can strike at a moment’s notice. That’s why it’s important to always have a plan in place and prepare in the best ways possible to address those situations. Having a fully stocked first aid kit in your home, workplace, or in your car, can help during times of distress to treat wounds, sanitize or bandage an injury.

Workplace Safety

In the workplace, where safety should be a first priority, and where fines are possible, it’s even more important that you have a plan and supplies on hand to address potential emergencies. Each workplace has rules for minimum safety measures to meet. Be sure you’re aware of what those are for our industry and review your disaster preparedness and continuity plans to ensure they are still effective.

Training

In addition to first aid supplies, you’ll need staff able to administer basic treatment in critical situations and you’ll need a workplace that understand the importance of safety first. To achieve this, you should schedule regular training sessions and reviews of those skills so that all staff members are on-board and able to respond appropriately during an emergency.

Compliance

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has strict guidelines and rules to follow. These change often and the only way to remain up-to-date and in compliance is to be vigilant about offering informational resources to your workforce so all parties are aware of requirements.

1st Aid Supplies offers many resources and information outlets as well as training for first aid, CPR, and OSHA classes.  If you’re making plans for 2018, don’t forget to make safety a priority

 
Cold & Flu Season is Here - Prepare Your Workplace First Aid Kit

One of the things no one looks forward to each winter is the onset of cold and flu season. If you’ve ever had the displeasure of dealing with these illnesses you know how terrible they can make you feel. Especially if you did everything to keep yourself healthy but someone brought the contagious germs into your workplace.

Sometimes the spreading of germs at work is unavoidable, especially with all of the time we’re spending cooped up in the office together. As a business you should have your first aid kit stocked to support these symptoms as they arise.

Cold and Flu Medicine

While there isn’t anything to completely get rid of a cold, there are plenty of over the counter medicines on the market that make dealing with the symptoms more bearable. Decongestants, cough drops and cold and flu remedies can go a long way in keeping workers productive and lessening disruption to the rest of the office.

Extra Precautions

As an added benefit for employees during these cold months, consider having additional items on hand outside of just 1st aid supplies. Things like warm teas for a sore throat, hand sanitizers to keep germs at bay and extra boxes of tissues should be on your list of supplies to stock up on.

Check Your Stock

With so many people getting sick over the winter you’ll need some extra supplies on hand, and you may also find that your supplies are depleted faster than usual. It’s a good idea to get into a regular practice of checking your 1st Aid Kit to ensure its properly stocked at all times and that you have the supplies you’ll need to keep your workplace safe and productive.

Can you risk your operations all getting sick and calling out?

Stock up on over-the-counter, name brand medications for treating colds, flu, sore throats and fevers at 1st Aid Supplies.