Are You Prepared for Workplace Accidents?

Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. From minor cuts to major incidents and illnesses, you've got to be ready. The first phase of treatment is crucial for the victim's recovery. Are you or your co-workers prepared to respond with speed and competence?

The only way to really be prepared is through training. In some cases, OSHA's First Aid Standard 29 CFR 1910.151 actually requires it. The standard states that there must be trained first aid providers at workplaces where there is no "nfirmary, clinic, or hospital in near proximity to the workplace which is used for the treatment of all injured employees."

Proper training will allow first aid responders to act quickly, confidently, and effectively. OSHA recommends that workplace first aid training emphasizes:

  • The need for quick action
  • Treatment of common types of workplace injuries and illnesses
  • Development of hands-on skills through practice drills
  • Reference materials for use during and after training
  • Strategies for overcoming stress, fear, and panic, which can interfere with effective emergency action
  • The importance of universal precautions and required personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gloves and eye protection, to prevent exposure to bloodborne pathogens
  • Knowledge of hazardous chemicals in the workplace and first aid for inhalation, ingestion, and skin or eye contact

Because there may be a long time between when responders learn the skills and when they have to use them, retraining at regular intervals is essential. OSHA suggests that retraining for life-threatening emergencies should occur at least annually. Retraining for non-life-threatening injuries should occur “periodically."

If workplace emergencies happen, there are steps that should be taken to ensure the victim receives the best care. Calling for help is the first priority in any serious workplace medical emergency. Once help is on the way, the scene must be assessed to make sure it's safe. After the scene has evaluated and deemed safe, responders can treat the victim or victims. Acting quickly in life-threatening situations may make the difference between life and death.

Having the right first aid supplies on hand and quickly accessible is also a critical component in effective treatment. We have a vast selection of first aid kits and supplies to treat a wide variety of injuries. From bandages to AED's, we've got what you need to help your workers. If you have any questions about what kit or product is right for your workplace, give our Technical Support Reps a call at 800-631-1246. They can give you the information you need to choose the right supplies to treat workplace accidents.

Source: Safety Daily Advisor

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