University details what to include in a farm first aid kit

With farms around the country getting busier, the risk of accidents increases, warns North Dakota State University (NDSU's) Agriculture Communication.

To be ready for the increased risk of injury, all farmers should have a well-stocked first aid kit, says J.W. Schroeder, a dairy specialist at NDSU Extension Service.

"But because workplaces vary widely in their location and size, the degree of hazards that can occur, the amount of staff training and availability of professional medical services, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards do not require farms to have specific contents in first aid kits," he said.

OSHA refers to American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for the minimum basic first aid kit contents:

-Absorbent compresses
-Adhesive bandages
-A roll of adhesive tape
-Antibiotic treatment
-Antiseptic treatment
-Burn treatment for use on minor burns only
-First-aid guide
-Medical exam gloves
-Sterile pads
-Triangular bandage

Because each worksite is different, it is expected that additional supplies will be added based on known hazards.

Equip farm first aid kits with contents that will help treat the types of injuries that are more likely to occur in farming operations. Additional first aid supplies can include cold packs, insect bite treatments, eye wash solution, and splints.

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