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Don’t Panic: How to Clean Up Bloody Situations at Work

An average day on the job can become extremely bloody in a matter of seconds if you’re not careful. In keeping with the Halloween spirit, we’re talking about terrifying, gory situations in the workplace and what you can do to prevent them. The key is having not only the right supplies but training to take care of horrific scenarios in any workplace – in particular when having to clean up blood.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) published a standard in 1991 that requires all workplaces to follow certain plans when coming in contact with blood. These are some precautions that you can take in case of a bloody situation at your workplace.

OSHA Training

It’s imperative that you and your employees are educated on the topic of injuries and blood. This means knowing the standards and what steps to take should something happen. While taking training classes is useful, having an OSHA answer book in the office can also be useful in case anyone forgets information or wants to refresh their memory before panic sets in. Training is also critical in industries operating in dangerous environments. Using sharp devices, risky instruments or other heavy machinery require skills and extreme caution to avoid serious injury.

Use Gloves

When blood has been spilled, using gloves or other protective barriers to clean up the mess is critical. The gloves should be latex or vinyl and be thick enough to avoid any tears or punctures. Be sure to also use paper towels and dispose of both the gloves and paper towels in a separate sealed trash bag.

Wash Bloody Surfaces

If the blood has touched an employee’s hand or skin, be sure to thoroughly wash immediately. The same goes for blood-soiled surfaces. Using a solution of one part bleach to nine parts water, wipe down any surface that has come in contact with blood, no matter how much there is.

Wash Bloody Clothes

If any blood has gotten on any of the employee’s articles of clothing, have them remove the items, put them in a sealed plastic bag, and arrange the clothing to be washed in hot, soapy water, away from other clothing items.

Keep a Bloodborne Pathogen Kit on Hand

Having a bloodborne pathogens kit on hand will ensure that you have all the tools needed should an injury occur. These will help prevent any human-based pathogenic microorganisms from spreading. In them, you will find a protective apron, a cleanup scoop and scraper, antimicrobial wipes, gloves, a towel, and more. It's also good to keep supplies such as butterfly bandages and wraps to cover the injury once it is cleaned off. 

Don’t panic when horrific scenes unfold. Be ready and get all of the supplies you need here at 1st Aid Supplies!

 
First Aid Supplies to Get You through Frightening Situations

Halloween is coming up which means ghouls, goblins, ghosts, and other scary creatures. But Halloween isn’t the only time that frightening situations can occur. Scary things like natural disasters, injury, and more can happen at any point in time. You’ll want to be prepared in case anything should happen to you, your home, your business, or your family.

Here are a few spooky reasons to keep first aid supplies on hand at all times.

Response When There’s No Responder

There are times where help is out of reach and becoming injured can be extremely unpredictable. Having things like bandages, burn care, and ointments can help when you can’t count on others. After all, if your injury involves blood loss, you only have so much time to stop the bleeding and having these tools on hand will be essential.

Kids will be Kids

If you have children then you know that they will always find a way to get hurt, no matter how hard you try to prevent it. Cuts, scrapes, and burns are common injuries. Having a way to treat them will help your child feel better and give you peace of mind.

Liability

If you own a business, the last thing you want to think about is being sued. By law, you are required to keep a first aid kit readily available. Be sure that is stocked with all of the essentials to avoid any legal ramifications.

Natural Disasters

If you live in a region where natural disasters occur, whether it be hurricanes, flash flooding, earthquakes, etc., then you are aware that they can come out of nowhere, often times without warning. Depending on the damage done, it can take days for help to come. Having a disaster kit can help provide first aid along with food and water to get you through the days that you might find yourself stranded.

It's Cost Effective

Though it may seem like common knowledge, having a first aid kit on hand is cheaper than traveling to a clinic to treat an injury. Unless it’s a broken bone or extreme bleeding, a first aid kit can help with scrapes, cuts, and burns.
 

If you’re unsure of what to include in your first aid kit or are interested in buying a pre-made kit, take a look at 1st Aid Supplies or contact us with any questions and we will be happy to steer you in the right direction!

 
Machine Safety in Factories: Why Training and Emergency Response are Critical

If your business involves the use of machinery, it’s extremely important to not only train your staff but have an emergency plan in case something does happen. No matter how much technology advances, the safety fundamentals always stay the same. Alongside proper machine training, there are a few things that you can always do to help prevent accidents and serious injury.

Suitable Equipment

Though this may seem like common sense, personal protection is essential for everyday work. In loud work environments, you’ll want things such as ear plugs and muffs. For a factory that involves hands-on work, you’ll want safety goggles, hard hats, and safety boots. For breathing safety, items such as masks and face respirators will ensure that your employees are breathing clean air and are not at risk for airborne disease or infection.

Machine Inspection

During training, it is key that you not only train staff how to use the machinery but also how it is set up. Having a system of preventive maintenance and inspection ensures that the tools and the workplace are in good condition. This helps prevent injury as well as breakdowns.

Maintain Clean Workspaces

This is one of the simplest preventative measures out there. Not only will a tidier work environment help your employees stay productive but it will also reduce slips and trips. This will also help prevent workplace fires.

Provide First Aid, CPR, and OSHA Classes

Another large part of training should be first aid, CPR, and OSHA classes. If your company is farther than 3 minutes from a hospital, clinic, or infirmary, it is essential that an employee can render first aid. In fact, did you know that a victim of respiratory arrest, has a 98% of surviving if someone initiates rescue breathing within one minute? This means being properly trained to give such treatment in time of a crisis.

What happens if there is an emergency situation?

The best way is to prepare before the emergency happens. In a crisis, it can be hard to think straight so having a plan in place will help prevent the worst-case scenarios. When putting together your plan, tailor it to your specific business. This could mean making sure that every employee knows how to use a fire extinguisher, having an evacuation plan, shutting down critical plant operations, etc.

Having these plans in place and training your staff can not only help save the lives of all of your employees but can also help keep your business in tack.

 

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Building an Emergency Hurricane Kit for your Business

Natural disasters can occur without any warning and can cause serious damage to your business, your belongings, and even your colleagues. That’s why it’s so important to create a kit of resources that will help you get through tough times. 

So what do you include in an emergency kit? This can be a bit confusing, especially when you’re putting one together for your office. You’ll want to have enough supplies for multiple people and multiple days.

We’ve put together a list of some things that you’ll want to include in case you encounter a hurricane.

  • Food & Water Surviving a hurricane or other natural disaster comes down to the basics: food and water. Nonperishable food and fresh drinking water will ensure that you are fed and hydrated in case it takes a few days for rescue teams to reach you. You can also find water purification tablets that will make most water suitable for drinking.
     
  • Flashlights There’s a good chance that when facing a hurricane, you are going to be faced with a loss of power. In order to see your way around the office. Though you most likely won’t need to worry about running out of battery power, opting for flashlights that are powered by shaking or a hand crank will help ensure that you will always have light when you need it. If you prefer battery-powered flashlights, be sure to have a backup pack of batteries just in case.
     
  • Portable Toilet Though you may not realize it, sanitation and personal hygiene during an emergency are essential to avoid disease and infection. Having a portable toilet and wipes not only helps keep your space clean but also keeps everyone healthy.
     
  • Whistle & Radio When stuck in an emergency situation, it’s imperative that you have a way to stay connected with those outside. Having an AM/FM radio will allow you to stay updated on conditions or the locations of rescue teams. When a rescue team does reach you, having a whistle will help them locate you and get everyone out safely. Aim to have one that can be heard in all conditions. Underwater, in loud crowds, howling wind, and more.
     
  • Dust Mask When you’re faced with buildings that have been destroyed and other debris, you’ll want to have dust masks. Your employee's health is extremely critical and there can be harmful elements in the air that when breathed can cause sickness or even be fatal. You can find masks that simply cover the mouth and nose or you can choose masks that include a valve which increases airflow and comfort.
     
  • Back Up Shelter  Should a hurricane damage or flood your office, you’ll want an emergency shelter (tent or tarp) to help protect you from the conditions. Surprisingly, many of the casualties that occur after a natural disaster come from illness brought on by bacteria and lack of shelter from rain and low temperatures. Having tents, blankets, and sleeping bags will make a big difference in keeping you safe and warm.

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Preparing for Natural Disasters

Natural disasters have been a top of mind concern for people across the nation recently as Hurricane Florence makes way toward the southeast coastline.

The extremely dangerous Category 5 hurricane is expected to make landfall with extreme impact including extreme flooding, damaging forceful winds, and rising ocean waters. People are fleeing and warnings to evacuate have already been in place.

Not all disasters come with advanced warnings and just how detrimental this storm will remain to be seen.

With September being ‘Preparedness Month,’ it’s the perfect opportunity to review key precautions to take in advance to be best prepared for any natural disasters that may strike.

Prepare Your First Aid Kit

Having an emergency kit that’s easily accessible, well stocked and ready to use is a top priority for crisis preparedness. Including essential items you and your family will need in the event that you’re not able to leave or enter your home is a great place to start.

Consider including these basic essentials:

- Water

- Non-perishable foods

- Change of clothes

- Flashlight

- Batteries

- Personal hygiene items

There will likely be even minor injuries to address – or larger ones depending on the disaster. Having a first aid kit ready with supplies to address those is critical.

Some items to include in a first aid kit include:

Bandages

- Antiseptic ointment

Medications

- Sanitizer

Masks

Create a Family Emergency Plan

The best way to keep chaos and anxiety levels in control when disaster strikes is to have a plan in advance that everyone is confident in following. Keeping your family safe when the unexpected occurs includes having them practice evacuation routes and know who to contact should they lose touch with members of the household.

Be sure to register for emergency notifications from local emergency stations and monitor them closely for important information.

In addition to working on a plan everyone in the house knows, you should have it written out and put it in a safe location along with important documents should a disaster occur.

Here are some examples of the documents you should store safely and have access to:

- Identification cards

- Emergency contact information

- Driver’s licenses

- Photo IDs

- Birth certificates

- Social Security cards

Don’t Forget Pets!

While considering the safety of family members in a disaster, don’t forget to include your extended family – the four-legged friends you’ve had by your side each day. It’s easy to neglect including them in emergency plans and having to scramble last minute ensuring they are safe too. Instead put together a separate preparedness kit that will ensure your pet can survive.

Items to include in a Pet Preparedness Kit:

- A few days worth of their daily food intake in a tight and waterproof container.

- Clean, fresh water for a few days

 - Medical records & important documents.

- A separate first aid kit with supplies to address pet injuries

- Some familiar items to help reduce stress.

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