June 22nd, 2006
In OSHA’s Best Practices Guide under the Heading “First Aid Supplies” they say; “It is advisable for the employer to give a specific person the responsibility for choosing the types and amounts of first aid supplies and for maintaining these supplies.”
These are great common sense words that we have been saying for years. We have been counseling our business customers with that advise for a long, long time. Although it takes a commitment in time and resources once the business has someone up to speed, the return is unlimited.
Using the resources at our website and a little phone support stocking up on first aid supplies can become a simple ten to fifteen minute chore done once a month or so.
All you need is a copy of our First Aid Inventory Worksheet which you can download in PDF here:
The critical items that OSHA refers to in the ANSI Z308.1-2003 “Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits.” are highlighted on that form so that you will be sure not to miss them. (There are 8 items specified)
Take the Worksheet to your first aid kit locations and do a physical inventory. Return to your PC and plug in the needed items into our “interactive order form” which you can see here:
Interactive Order Form
So there you have it OSHA and First Aid Supplies Online working together to save you money and provide a safer workplace. It’s a beautiful thing.
June 13th, 2006
The newly released guide comes with a clear disclaimer that it is not a new regulation, does not establish any new standards or change any existing OSHA standard.
Having said that, it is a handy and informative guide for small businesses that are looking for convenient, easy to understand information on the general topic of workplace first aid.
We liked it so much that we’ve added a link to OSHA so that you could download the guide in PDF format. You might want to browse it before you download as it runs 27 pages.
In this guide you will find a handy outline on Risk Assessment, Training, Supplies and some new information on AEDs. Yes OSHA is now suggesting that AEDs should be considered at work. They say “Using AEDs as soon as possible after sudden cardiac arrest, within 3-4 minutes, can lead to a 60% survival rate.* CPR is of value because it supports the circulation and ventilation of the victim until an electric shock delivered by an AED can restore the fibrillating heart to normal.” In addition the suggest “All worksites are potential candidates for AED programs because of the possibility of sudden cardiac arrest and the need for timely defibrillation.”
More on the guide later.
Download the file here:
*American Heart Association in collaboration with International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation. Guidelines 2000 for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care: International Consensus on Science, Part 4: The Automated External Defibrillator. Circulation 2000; Vol. 102, Supplement: 161. Figure 1