Save the Stuffing for Thanksgiving, Not Your First Aid Cabinet

Thanksgiving Dinner

Stuffing is an iconic side dish that makes a regular appearance on Thanksgiving tables across America every year. Thanksgiving does stuffing well – from cornbread chorizo to apple sausage to fennel onion, the combinations are endless and quite delicious. However, while Thanksgiving and stuffing go hand-in-hand, first aid cabinets and “stuffing” should not.

There’s no need to stuff your first aid cabinets like your turkey (or your belly, for that matter). Once your cabinet meets the minimum quantity of each item to comply with ANSI standards and fills any special needs for your facility, it is sufficient.

4 Reasons to Avoid Having Your Cabinet Resemble a Thanksgiving Turkey

  1. Repetition – Do we really need 48 different side dishes to go with the turkey? Probably not. Same goes for your first aid cabinet, less is more. Stocking 22 different Band-Aid sizes is unnecessary. With fewer items in your cabinet, you avoid repetition, and there is less to sort through to find what you need in a hurry.
  2. Outdated products – Just like you wouldn’t serve your Thanksgiving guests food that is past its expiration date, you don’t want to keep outdated items in your first aid cabinet. If you’re not practicing stock rotation to refresh dated items, such as medications, odds are that you are not using them fast enough to keep up with their expiration dates.
  3. Unnecessary items – Sure, pizza is great, but is it the best choice to bring to a Thanksgiving gathering? (Opinions may differ, but you see my point, yes?). Reorganize your safety cabinet so that it contains items pertinent to your organization’s safety requirements. That way, you leave the extraneous items out of your cabinet.
  4. Extra Cost – Consider those repetitive, expired and unnecessary items in your own safety cabinets. If you’re stuffing, rather than stocking, you may be wasting precious dollars.

Take charge of your first aid cabinet. OSHA recommends assigning one person at your facility the responsibility of maintaining the supplies. This is an efficient way to make sure the supplies are adequate and tailored to the needs of your workplace. For example, if you work in a small office building, your supply needs would differ tremendously from a large warehouse that handles machinery.

Reevaluate the demand of items and adjust orders to find the right balance. Your first aid cabinet should reflect the unique needs of your business, not a stuffed turkey.

Email Susan Lux or Dale McGinty to get started on reevaluating your facility’s first aid needs.


Best Practices Guide: Fundamentals of a Workplace First-Aid Program by OSHA

Fact Sheet: Contents of a First-Aid Kit by Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry Occupational Safety and Health Division

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Courtney Petesch

Courtney Petesch is the Marketing Specialist for HP Products, a distributor of 50,000 facility maintenance products throughout the Midwest. Courtney has over 5 years of experience managing e-commerce product content and merchandising, overseeing social media initiatives, executing email marketing campaigns and evaluating analytics.