Are your First Aid Kits up to snuff?
We often get caught up in the whirlwind of the daily operations of our business. So while a First Aid Kit, and what is in it, may be low on your priority list, they are required by Oregon OSHA. The size of your business and the locations of your employees will help determine how many kits you will need.
OSHA code 437-002-0161 http://www.cbs.state.or.us/osha/subjects/first_aid.html has a section that clearly outlines for employers what is required. The good news is that it’s not a lot of specific items that you will probably never use! Instead they are practical! The basic premise behind the requirement is that you need to supply first aid supplies for injuries that are most likely to occur at your specific business. Naturally, different industries have unique needs…burn cream for welding shops, sting kill for day care centers, sliver kits for lumber stores, etc.
But an operative reminder is that you do have to check the contents regularly! Items get used up and they can also expire. Most people don’t know that even Band-Aids have an expiration date, so making sure that your first-aid kits have current supplies is important. If you decide this is too much for you to worry about there are many services that will help you with this task. Option can be found in the yellow pages of the phonebook. MedExpress offers this service as well, so if you have questions that we can help with, please contact us at 541-228-3111, and we will be happy to provide answers for you!
A well-stocked and up-to-date First Aid Kit is a subtle message that reinforces that you care about your employee’s safety and well-being. Adding this First Aid Kit check process to your safety program at your business is just another way to show your employees that SAFETY isn’t just a word, it’s a culture!