Key Essentials for First Aid Kits
Emergency preparedness involves precautionary action to manage events such as fire, flooding, or storm damage. However, it is just as important to prepare for injuries that may occur. Does your building in Bellevue, WA, contain a first aid kit and the necessary equipment to manage a sudden injury?
All buildings should be equipped with an emergency kit that is stocked with essential items as required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Having emergency care equipment on hand allows for immediate treatment of minor to moderate injuries and may help stabilize a victim before help arrives in the event of a severe injury. Here are the key items to keep in your building’s first aid kit:
- Stabilization equipment: Splint, elastic wraps and triangular bandages to stabilize a sprain or broken bone
- Wound care essentials: Antiseptic cleaner, self-stick bandages and several sizes and types of gauze pads
- Resuscitation gear: Pocket mask, resuscitation bag or airway
- Miscellaneous: Gloves, tweezers, scissors, blanket, adhesive tape and emergency phone numbers
Kits are only as effective as the items stored in them. Be sure to periodically check first aid kits to restock contents that have been used or removed. Check expiration dates on items such as wound cleaners and replace anything that has expired. It is also important to check the integrity of contents as they age — for example, gloves and adhesives can break down over time and may no longer be effective. Kits should be visible and centrally located in the building so that they are easily accessible during an emergency. Ensure workers are trained on the location of the kit and how to use the contents inside as well as the steps to take to summon emergency personnel for significant injuries. It's also a good idea to have the contact information for commercial building restoration services on hand, too.
Maintaining a well-stocked first aid kit is a simple step you can take to ensure the safety of workers and visitors in your building. It is a fundamental component of any emergency preparedness plan.