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    First Aid Kit at Work

    Office Health By Mansi Kohli , Onlymyhealth editorial team / Feb 04, 2011
    First Aid Kit at Work

    We never know what might happen with us the very next minute. So, who all would vote for the idea of keeping a first aid kit handy with us at office? We sure would.

    first aid kitHand sanitizers, pain relievers and prescription meds — these are just a few of the essentials that must stock your first aid kit when you are in office. Make use of this checklist to make sure you're covered.


    Uncertainty- a word for which we can never be certain, quite obviously literally.


    We never know what might happen with us the very next minute. So, who all would vote for the idea of keeping a first aid kit handy with us at office? We sure would. After all, all of us have to spend 40 hours of our whole week inside the office walls.


    The basic adjectives that can be associated with an office first aid kit are; that it must be, convenient, organized, environment-friendly, easily stored basic, comprehensive and clean.

     

    First Aid Kits are used for:


    First aid kits are usually used for treating these types of minor injuries:


    •    Stings
    •    Burns
    •    Abrasions (scrapes)
    •    Cuts
    •    Strains
    •    Splinters
    •    Sprains
    •    Mild pain
    •    Fever
    •    Nasal congestion
    •    Cough
    •    Skin problems
    •    Allergies
    •    Sore throat
    •    Cuts
    •    Gastrointestinal problems



    Ready-made first aid kits are commercially available, however, we will help you make a simple and inexpensive first aid kit all by yourself.

     

    How to Make a First Aid Kit


    •    Make sure your first aid kit is simple and easy to use. Stock it with multi-use items.
    •    A water-resistant, drop-proof container is best.
    •    Separate the compartments of wound supplies with that of medications.

     

    Where to keep your first aid kit


    •    The best place to keep your first aid kit in office is in HR’s drawl.
    •    Make sure you keep all the stuff in a suitcase or a dry bag, depending on the place it is kept.
    •    All the employees must be informed about the items kept in the first-aid box and the right way of using them.

     

    How to Use a First Aid Kit


    Make sure you know how to adequately use all of the items in your kit, in particular the medications. Train others in office to use the kit. You never know, you may be the one who needs first aid! Check the kit twice a year and substitute drugs which are expired. Keep the list of all the emergency number in your kit.

     

    Checklist


    Make sure you check the first aid kit once in every six months to make sure it is well equipped. This is because people may use the items and forget to tell the person in charge that the last item is gone. Your basic checklist must include:


    •    Latex gloves
    •    Bandages
    •    Tweezers
    •    Antiseptic ointment for wounds
    •    Wipes or solution for cleaning a wound
    •    Scissors
    •    Anesthetic spray or lotion
    •    Hand sanitizer and gloves
    •    Pain reliever


    So, what are you waiting for? Remember, a mishappening will always come with silent whispers. Be prepared!

     

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