The Importance of First-Aid Preparedness in the Workplace

First-aid in the workplace

No matter how small a cut or scratch, ache or pain, the effects on business can be very real. Workers are less likely to perform at their best or operate at peak productivity if they are in pain or in need of first-aid.

In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2013, there were “1,162,210 days-away-from-work cases in private industry, state government, and local government.” This is approximately the same number of injuries and illness as the year prior.

Safety and Aid Training

To curb these numbers, it is important to train and revisit safety measures on the job. It is equally as important, however, to offer various forms of aid and to ensure that your workforce is equipped to handle minor emergencies or incidents.

There are a variety of ways to get your employees up to snuff and ready to take care of themselves, or come to the aid of a co-worker. The first and most robust way is to have your workforce trained in first aid. In some cases, first aid and CPR/AED training is even required by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).

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First-aid Products

Training is important as first-aid needs and methodologies vary widely based upon the injury or illness. In order to be best equipped to handle all situations that may arise, it is crucial that the proper tools and products are available for quick use and relief.

Remember, there is more to a first-aid kit than just bandages, gauze pads and adhesive tape. For example, you may need eye wash to flush particles from the eyes and relieve annoyance, burn cream for minor burns and skin irritations and ammonia inhalants to prevent or treat fainting depending on your line of work and risk for injuries.

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