Getting clear advice about your workplace first aid program doesn't have to be difficult. OSHA has made it easy for all of us with their "Best Practices Guide: Fundamentals of a Workplace First-Aid Program". This 26 page guide offers great advice for a complete, well-rounded first aid program. When it comes to first aid supplies, OSHA get's right to the point and makes 9 great suggestions that are specific to first aid supplies. We've summarized these for quick reading but if you want to see the entire guide, you can get it here
.Give a specific employee the responsibility over the program & supplies
Don't let first aid company make your decisions for you. OSHA advises that a specific person should choose the types and amounts of first aid supplies. They also advise this same person maintain these supplies. Supplies must be adequate for potential injuries
You know best the types of injuries that occur at work. Make sure you have enough supplies to cover the amount and types of injuries that can occur. Don't just stick to the ANSI first aid list, thoughtfully consider the potential needs when stocking supplies.Supplies must be accessible
Be sure you stock your supplies where they are easily and quickly accessible
When there is an emergency, access to your supplies should be close and easy to get to. Your cabinet or emergency kit should be organized and ready to be used. A locked door or cabinet is Consider an AED as part of your first aid supply response arsenal
When you review your supply list, keep sudden cardiac arrest in mind. Nothing in your first aid kit can provide the life-saving shock an automated external defibrillator (AED) provides. OSHA says, "considered an AED when
selecting first-aid supplies and equipment". The ANSI first aid list is minimum requirements
There is a lot of hype about the ANSI Z308.1-2015 minimum requirements list for workplace first aid kits. Keep in mind that this is a minimum starting point and a great template for a very basic first aid kit for small businesses. Larger operations should offer more supplies
While the ANSI first aid list is a starting point, larger operations should look important factors including: number of employees, how many kits are needed, additional quantities and types of supplies based on potential injuries. Consider upgrading your first aid kit(s) based on your specific needs. Use your OSHA 300 logs to identify injury types and the appropriate supplies
For those who are not sure what type of supplies they need, consider looking at your OSHA 300 log and OSHA 301 reports or other records to identify the
first-aid supply needs of their worksite. Talk to medical experts to asses needs
Don't rely on a first aid services to determine what you need. Talk with a medical advisor that your workplace has a relationship with including a company doctor, nurse or emergency clinic. Also reach out to your local fire & rescue for advice.Regularly Asses your program
Don't just setup your workplace first aid program, plan periodic assessments to ensure the right quantity and types of supplies are available making sure they are available and ready to use.
Managing your workplace first aid supplies doesn't have to be difficult. Our website has some great articles and resources to help you restock and refilling your supplies. We encourage you to look over them.