Why is it important to make sure that you have a well-packaged first aid kit?
When you are starting a new business, you want your employees to feel comfortable and you want them to feel safe. The best way that you can make anyone feel safe and protected is by letting them know that you have prepared for the worst-case scenarios and you have a first aid kit prepared for those times. If you need more examples as to why it is important to keep a first aid kit on standby, here they are:
It prevents small injuries from getting worse
If someone gets a small cut on the job, it might cause more problems if they let it go untreated. A small cut can quickly become a large cut, or an infected cut if it isn’t taken care of properly. Having a first aid kit on standby means that when someone gets a small cut, you can clean it and bandage it before it gets any worse.
It prevents bad injuries from being escalated
When someone gets a more serious injury while on the job, they might say that they will take care of it when they get home, or they might injury themselves even more while trying to get to the hospital. You can prevent any further damage to this person by making sure that their injury is taken care of with the at-home supplies before they leave to get professional help.
It will give you and your employees a sense of security
When you have a business, even if it isn’t one that should ever run into accidents or injuries, you are constantly worried about your employees’ health. If they get hurt on the job, they could need serious help, you might run into legal troubles, and they would lose their job. Having something as simple as a first aid kit can give you and your employees a sense of security.
It will keep everyone calm in a stressful situation because they know that you have a first aid kit prepared
If there is a big storm or an earthquake that happens to roll through, everyone will panic at the moment, but no one will be worried about what will happen after. If you got cut or injured during this event, you can turn to your first aid kid and everyone will have something to help them until more help arrives.
What should you put in your first aid kit?
If you aren’t sure what to put into your first aid kit, don’t think about it too much. I have a list of things here that you should make sure you have packed up. There are obviously a lot of things that should be placed into a first aid kit for maximum safety, but these are the basics that every kit needs to have. You can pick all of this up at a medical supply store.
- Bandages and Band-Aids
For cuts that are both big and small, you can turn to bandages and band-aids. These are some of the most important things that you include in your first aid kit because you never know when someone is going to get cut and you can get cut on anything. So it is always good to keep about ten bandages that can be cut as needed, and at least 200 band-aids ranging in different sizes.
- Pain medication
Whether it is pain medication for a sore muscle, a toothache, or a bad headache, it is always good to have pain medication included in your first aid kit. For the most part, your employees can bring their own medication as needed, but in a serious situation, it helps to have some on hand.
- Rubbing alcohol
This is the best thing to help clean up serious wounds. It will keep away any kind of infection that might want to crawl into the cut before you bandage it.
- A pair of medical scissors to cut bandages and fabrics
This is an important piece to remember. You never know when you will need to cut a bandage to get it to fit better. And you also never know when you need to cut through fabric to get access to a cut.
- Eyeshields and eyewash
For an eye injury, you should really get to a doctor quickly. But until you do, you can wash your eyes out with eyewash and place an eye shield on your face so that no further damage is done.